SC Johnson Family Economics Blog

Save money, spend time

Let's face it: Times are tight and budgets are shrinking. But there are ways to stretch, and even (gasp!) have fun doing it! This blog is about finding ways to get more from every household dollar, and enjoy every precious minute.

Slow Cooker Chicken Cacciatore

Boneless skinless chicken thighs are often on sale for less than $2 per pound and when they hit this price point, I stock up. Then I make round, after round, after round of this slow cooker chicken cacciatore...

Practical Vintage Collections

It seems like everyone has a favorite thing to collect. I have several, but my favorite collections are those that not only serve my decorative senses but also have a practical purpose...

Fun Handmade Pocket Notebooks

Here’s a fun project to make your own pocket-sized notebooks using repurposed materials. You could use these for anything from sharing favorite recipes, keeping track of birthdays, passwords, daily journaling and funny things your kids say or even log your car’s service record...

Losing Weight While Saving Is Possible

Losing weight is inevitably always on someone's list of resolutions each New Year. Having lost a total of 70 pounds, I am currently in maintenance mode. However, for the New Year, I have a goal to continue with my overall fitness... Here are a few suggestions, all of which I personally did on my weight loss journey...

Storing Your Beautiful China and Silver

It’s that time of year when I get out all of my fine china and beautiful silver pieces for our holiday entertaining. Often when I get mine out I find that pieces did not get placed back where they belong or items are dirty, tarnished and may even have a chip or two. This year, when I return my china and silver to storage, I want to be a little more organized to help simplify my next use...

...Eating healthier foods and losing weight starts (in part) with what you put into your grocery cart. If you load your cart with the junk, you’re not going to succeed. But if you rid your cupboards, fridge and freezer of your trigger foods, and begin to fill them with foods and snacks like those listed below, you’ll be well on your way to success...

New Year Refresher for Your Home

While packing up the holiday decorations, pack up other items around your home and put away any décor that feels heavy, dark or cluttering. January is a great time to refresh your surroundings with a clean, simplified look....

When family and friends ask us for gift ideas for ourselves, truly nothing comes to mind. We are fortunate to be in a place where our needs are slim. However, they know that we also wait until our expensive items breathe their last breath before we make a purchase...

De-Clutter The Christmas Fun

The cookies are eaten, the gifts are unwrapped and it’s time to de-clutter the Christmas fun in the home. That also means it’s time to “de-decorate” and get the house back in order...

...I have come to love and adore my husband’s family tradition. They spend an hour every New Year’s sharing highlights from the previous year, reminiscing about vacations, promotions, births, baptisms, and other amazing events that took place that year...

Christmas Clearance Items Repurposed

Once the after-Christmas sales are in full swing, you can usually find me in the crowds when holiday-themed prices are drastically cut, often as much as 90 percent off... Here are 10 simple ideas for repurposing holiday clearance sale items after Christmas...

Turn Your Stockpile Into a Gift

Throughout the year, I always purchase the items our family needs and uses the most. That's the purpose of a stockpile. However, I always keep the gifting season in mind....

Create Your Own Family Emergency Kit

Years ago I bought a very large storage container and filled it with all the items my family would need in case of an emergency and stored it next to my garage door for easy access... Is your family prepared for a natural disaster? If not, join me and let’s start filling our containers with supplies we will need in case of an emergency.

There is just something about fresh, homemade bread, served with butter and warm from the oven. The butter instantly soaks in the bread, the jam softens and spreads perfectly from the warmth of the bread and each bite magically melts in your mouth, leaving you wanting just one more bite...

Last-Minute Gift Coupons

Sometimes it’s hard to find just the right gift for that special someone, and sometimes you just run out of time! In a pinch, you can print out customized gift coupons in lieu of a store-bought present. Gift coupons can be written to promise favors, chores, projects, handi-work, dinner, lunch, baby-sitting, a movie, or pretty much anything you want...

...While it’s fine to indulge yourself with a treat or two over the holidays, it might be smart to start making your own goodies that have been health-ified to the next holiday gathering. You’ll feel a little less guilty about munching on an extra cookie or two, as you know they’ve been fortified...

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