Welcome Simple Mom Readers!

I am so happy to welcome you to Living Well Spending Less!

About LWSL 01

My name is Ruth and this is my adventure of finding the the Good Life on a budget.  Here you’ll find everything from budget-friendly recipes and thrifty DiY projects to helpful household & time management tips, money-saving ideas, and a whole lot more.  If you’re interested, you can also read more about me right here.

If this is your first time here, I thought it would be helpful to give you some links to a few of my most popular posts, just so you can get a feel for what LWSL is all about:


Why I Took My Kids’ Toys Away {and Why They Won’t Get Them Back}

How to Cut Your Grocery Bill in Half {5 Simple Tips Everyone Should Know}

Clutter Free Forever {Vintage Tips for an Organized Home}

Amazing Grace {My Depression Story}

10 Tips for Getting More Done Every Single Day

Why I Make My Bed {10 Reasons I Keep My House Clean}

The Beginner’s Guide to Coupons

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Please feel free to take look around–there is a lot to see–and don’t be shy about leaving a comment to say hello!  Finally, if you like what you see, I’d love to connect via Pinterest, Instagram, or Facebook!

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  • Mousume July 9,

    WOW! I have been a silent viewer of your blog. This is the first time I am commenting. You are such an inspiration. Love your easy peasy writing style.

    Keep up the good work!

  • Valerie Viele August 23,

    I found your blog when searching for free printables/templates to organize my life. I’m a obsessive list writer, but I needed a better format and to separate my lists. I found simplemom, which is where I found your blog. My interest was piqued by all these “Simple” websites, describing the way that I’ve been living for the past few years. I’m not saying I haven’t seen the surplus of simply living and frugal living websites. Or blogs promoting less screen time for kids. But yours struck the right heart chord with me today.
    I’m young, I’m not a mom yet (I am married and planning for children), but I lived my life as a disorganized, hoarding, unhappy, possessive, material-focused, and television obsessed child and teenager until one day I realized what was going on.
    I write this because I felt inclined to tell you how I felt about your entry about taking away your children’s toys.

    Good job. Really…. Sincerely.

    I’m a student in child development and I can tell you that studies, research, etc, have pretty close to proven that children don’t need toys or even really anything other than what is required and essential to live. Which is broken down into categories of ‘needs.’ Usually being (and I paraphrase because it’s complicated) security, attachment, support, love, clothing, food, water and a safe place to live.
    We live in a society/culture that revolves around things and stuff. We raise our children that way because we were raised that way, or we were conditioned somewhere along the way. And so on…
    But we don’t need things, really. Down to the basic necessities, barbie dolls don’t fit into any of the essential needs categories.

    My hats off to you, who actually did it.
    I have been planning for my future children to do something similar. I agree that, maybe not all of the toys. And I had placed a favorite stuffed animal, or blocks, or dress up clothes into the category of what would hang around. Along with arts and crafts and sensory play.
    And obviously, with the world we live in, you can’t be super strict and entirely tyrannical about toys and tv. But, you can limit it and allow your children to learn over time by the limitations, how much they really don’t need those things anyways. Children are sponges, they learn what we teach them. And if we show them how important our things are and our televisions and our ‘toys’, they will obsess over theirs.

    Years ago, in fact, not so many grandparents ago, they didn’t have toys. And if they did, it was something simple, like a doll who more closely resembled reality then barbie dolls. Or a teddy bear. Or blocks. Or wooden carved trains, etc. Even card games, or other things like that. And there was only one, or maybe two, and all the children shared them. And if they had more, they still didn’t have plastic barbie dolls with impossible fashions and hot pink cars.
    More importantly was spending time together, and using their imaginations. Or just playing outside. Or helping out. Or making chores a ‘game.’
    Spending more time in reality, so that they can develop important things like empathy for others, and security in their family, etc… the list is huge.

    I don’t mean to ramble, or sound like some crazy person somewhere in the world ranting about my opinions.
    I just wanted to say, good job, keep it up.


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