Hi there, I’m Ruth!
I’m a blogger, speaker entrepreneur, product creator, mom to two beautiful girls, wife to my wonderful husband of ten years, a New York Times bestselling author, and most importantly, an imperfect child of a loving and gracious God who lifted me out of a life of depression and despair. My greatest passion is my family and working to craft a life filled with joy and purpose.
How It All Began…
I started writing Living Well Spending Less in 2010 because my spending habits had become so out-of-control that my marriage was in big trouble. I desperately needed to find a way to hold myself accountable, and writing about my challenges with living well on a budget really helped.
Spending wildly wasn’t something I did intentionally, but the more I tried to fill my inner void with stuff, the more unsatisfied I felt.
But now, years later, I have come to some important realizations. First, I’ve realized that I actually like saving money. Sticking to a budget forces me to tap into a creativity I never knew existed, and it is surprisingly fun and satisfying.
Second, and even more importantly, my own definition of what “Living Well” means has changed. I’ve realized that all those things I thought I wanted and needed don’t really mean anything in the grand scheme of things, and a life well lived is not so much about what we have as who we are.
If this is your first time visiting, I’d love for you to get to know me better. If you’ve got lots of time, start by reading my depression story, and then read why I took my kids’ toys away or why I make my bed every day. That will pretty much bring you up to speed with where I’ve been, who I am, and how I tick.
But please don’t think that this site is all about me…
What This Website is All About
LivingWellSpendingLess.com is a website dedicated to living life on purpose, in pursuit of the Good Life. To us, this means a life rich with faith, family, friends, & creativity. Our mission is to eliminate overwhelm in the lives of women everywhere by simplifying the necessary in order to make room for the essential.
There is a LOT to see here, and if this is your first time, we know it can be just a little overwhelming. It is definitely our goal to make this site as user-friendly as possible so that you can easily find whatever it is you may be looking for. Here is a breakdown of what you’ll find on this site.
At Living Well Spending Less, we believe that cooking delicious, budget-friendly meals shouldn’t have to be complicated. Instead, we’re all about simple family-friendly meals that come together fast, no-cook freezer meals that can be assembled in minutes, and easy recipes that use 5 ingredients or less. All our recipes are field-tested in our LWSL test kitchen and use common, everyday ingredients & pantry staples. In other words–we do the work so you don’t have to!
You can find all our FOOD made simple posts HERE
For most of us, life is busy, always moving and always changing. From spending time with the people who matter most to following our own varied interests and pursuits, life is often full of surprises. Here at Living Well Spending Less, you’ll find articles and content that addresses all those different interests and passions, from parenting ideas to health & wellness tips, plus thoughts on faith, depression, fashion, photography, blogging, travel….and everything in between.
You can find all our LIFE etc. posts HERE
Discover the secrets to modern homemaking. From cleaning & de-cluttering to meal planning & time management, keeping your home running smoothly doesn’t have to be a chore. Here you’ll find tips, tricks, & advice for getting your home in order, getting rid of excess stuff, meal planning, DIY, decorating, gardening, party planning & much more.
You can find all our HOME 101 posts HERE
Getting a handle on your finances is one of the most important things you will ever do. Our SMART money tips will help you set a budget, pay off debt, plan for the future, and save more money in your everyday life, on everything from food to utilities to clothing and more!
You can find all our smart MONEY posts HERE
Ever wonder how to put the tips & ideas found on LivingWellSpendingLess.com into practice in your own home? In addition to our books and inspirational items, you can also purchase our exclusive Living Well Planner™ , which is the perfect tool to help you manage your time, set attainable goals, plan your meals, and organize your finances.
You can visit the SHOP right HERE
What This Website is NOT About
I don’t write specifically about the subject of blogging or how to start a blog here at LWSL, but I do love helping and mentoring other bloggers! If you are interested in learning more about how to start a blog or how to make money blogging, please check out my best-selling book, How to Blog for Profit (Without Selling Your Soul), or check out my blogging course, Elite Blog Academy.
The best way to stay connected is through our free email newsletter, which offers a free weekly dose of encouragement and inspiration, as well as links to all our latest blog posts and exclusive shop discounts. Many of our readers say it is the highlight of their week!
You can also find me on Instagram, where I share lots of fun tips, recipes, and a strong dose of inspiration every day! Of course, if you’d rather contact me directly, you send me an email me at Ruth@LivingWellSpendingLess.com–I’d love to hear from you!
Meet the LWSL Team
With more than one million monthly readers, this blog and business has blossomed far beyond what I could possibly manage all on my own, even as a full-time job. I’ve been very blessed with the support of some amazing people who work behind the scenes to keep this site running and still allow me enough time to write, create, cook, and keep my family a priority.
Chuck Soukup- LWSL Board of Directors President
Chuck is also my amazing husband, the stay-at-home dad to our two beautiful girls, the packer of lunches, overseer of homework, master of laundry stains, and daily runner of a gazillion errands. In addition to sitting on the LWSL Board of Directors and helping with bookkeeping, he is the one who keeps me balanced and sane, the one who has eased into this completely new role with grace and patience and an attention to detail that I have never managed to master. We would be lost without him.
Bree Moss– VP of Operations- firstname.lastname@example.org
Bree is second in command here at LWSL World Headquarters. Among the many hats she wears, she Is the creative designer of our Living Well Planner, our workbooks, logos and all other design elements of the Living Well Spending Less brand and Elite Blog Academy. She also coordinates, facilitates, leads the team, and helps ensure all projects stay on time and in budget.
Charles Jerry– Chief Financial Officer- email@example.com
Charles is our numbers guy–the one who makes sure we are running our business in a fiscally responsible way and being good stewards of the money we bring in. He is responsible for overseeing all financial business pertaining to Living Well Spending Less Blog, Elite Blog Academy, the Living Well Planner and all other LWSL products. He is also responsible for invoicing, coding and payroll.
Laura Miller– Executive Team Coordinator- firstname.lastname@example.org
Laura is more or less the other half of my brain and the person who single-handedly keeps our entire team sane. A true leader to the core, she handles everything that comes her way–from assisting with customer service to managing requests to organizing events and keeping track of the executive calendar–with grace and positivity. She also leads our team meeting, helps cheerlead and keep all team members on track, and, in her spare time, creates graphics for all our Living Well Spending Well Blog posts and Instagram accounts.
Jessica Bowman– Social Media Coordinator-jessica@lwslinc.
Jessica is responsible for managing and overseeing all social media accounts, including Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn, and Pinterest. She also answers questions, responds to comments and stays engaged with all of our LWSL readers, shop customers and EBA students.
Kara Charron– Living Well Planner™ Manageremail@example.com
Kara is responsible for coordinating all content creation, production, and marketing for the Living Well Planner™ and all related planner accessories, as well as for overseeing our LWP affiliate program.
Breanna Gunn– Elite Blog Academy™ Manager- firstname.lastname@example.org
Breanna is responsible for managing and coordinating all aspects of our Elite Blog Academy™ blogging course and our blogging community. This includes everything from updating and supervising all elements of the EBA course, managing the EBA affiliate program, and overseeing all other blogging-related products.
Rebecca Henderson– Customer & Employee Support Liaisonemail@example.com
Also known as our Chief Happiness Officer, Rebecca ensures that all customer support requests are handled in a timely and friendly manner. She also works to support other team members in a variety of tasks, and is responsible for creating all training videos and templates for our internal LWSL Inc. team training site.
Natalie Orobello– Content Manager- firstname.lastname@example.org
Over the years Natalie has worn a variety of hats here at LWSL, but none have fit as well as her current one! She is responsible for brainstorming, coordinating, and overseeing the creation of all content for the Living Well Spending Less blog and weekly newsletter, as well as for developing new recipes, formatting posts, and overseeing guest contributors.
Amanda Speer– Living Well Shop™ Manageremail@example.com
Amanda is responsible for running all aspects of the Living Well Shop, our online home of the the Living Well Planner and other products. She takes care of updating the site, adding new products, and overseeing the production, distribution, and marketing of all products, books and accessories sold in the shop.