Hi There, I'm Ruth

Just like you, I wear lots of different hats all day long! I’m a blogger, author and product creator. I'm a busy wife and mama, a small business owner, a daughter, sister and friend, and most importantly, a ridiculously imperfect child of a loving and gracious God.

My mission here at LWSL is to eliminate overwhelm and make your life just a little bit easier.
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

Our mission here at LivingWellSpendingLess.com is pretty simple--to eliminate overwhelm in the lives of women everywhere by simplifying the necessary in order to make room for the essential.

We do this by providing everyday solutions and easy-to-use tools for all aspects of your life—from cooking, budgeting, and time management to taking care of your home, clearing out clutter and making room for yourself on top of it all!

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Food Made Simple

Cooking delicious, budget-friendly meals shouldn’t have to be complicated. Find 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.

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life etc.

Life is busy and full of surprises. Spending time with the people who matter most while following your own pursuits is all about balance. Find tips and resources that address you and your life as a whole: from parenting ideas to health and wellness tips, plus thoughts on faith, depression, fashion, photography, blogging, travel….and everything in between.

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Home 101

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. We've gathered our best tips, tricks, & advice for getting your home in order splendidly.

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Smart Money

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!

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The Shop

Turn LWSL tips and advice into action. our exclusive Living Well Planner® is the perfect tool to help you manage your time, set attainable goals, plan your meals, and organize your finances. Find other books, inspirational items, and more.

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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 is 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.  We would be lost without him.
Chuck Soukup
LWSL Board of Directors President
Laura is more or less the other half of my brain & she single-handedly keeps our entire team sane. A true leader to the core–from assisting with customer service to managing requests to organizing events & keeping track of the executive calendar–with grace & positivity. She also leads our team meetings & keeps all team members on track.
Laura Miller
Chief Operating Officer
The first person I ever hired and still joins in on all the LWSL fun! Heather wears many hats including go-to tech girl, project manager and official fixer of all things!
Heather Moritz
Director of Implementation
As Creative Director, Jayson works with the design team to help create a consistent look and feel for all our graphics, web design, products, social media, videos, and more!
Jayson Korthuis
Creative Director
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.
Natalie Orobello
LWSL Content Manager
LaTrisha helps keep me organized & productive in a seamless and efficient way by handling all the details that might otherwise slip through the cracks. An important part of her role is to help eliminate and remove obstacles, and connect the dots.
LaTrisha Sundquist
Executive Personal Assistant
If you have a question about nearly anything customer service related, you most likely have been in contact with Kelly. With constant grace and a smile, Kelly is on our front lines to support our readers and customers in whatever way she can.
Kelly Cox
Customer Service Connoisseur
Amanda 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.
Amanda Smith
Elite Blog Academy® Manager
Maggie is my customer service aficionado for the Elite Blog Academy® and our blogging community. She answers questions for all things EBA related and works closely with our EBA Manager, Amanda, to keep things running smoothly!
Maggie Murphy
Elite Blog Academy® Assisant
From blog posts to printables to full workbooks, Emma makes all that we offer at LWSL look presentable and streamlined. As you can imagine, we have countless graphics to produce, and Emma’s work ethic and turnaround time is an invaluable asset to our team.
Emma Beckett
Graphic Designer
Melissa works together with Emma to create all aspects of design for the company. Her work ethic, attention to detail and creativity are great assets to the design team!
Melissa Poe
Graphic Designer
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. Publicity requests can be sent to jessica@lwslinc.com.
Jessica Bowman
Director of Social Growth
Ashley is my digital marketing aficionado. She helps craft our marketing strategies and works closely with me to make sure our marketing efforts are effective. Ashley, and our digital marketing technology specialist, Elias, also work together to ensure everything is running smoothly within our CRM.
Ashley Dillon
Digital Marketing Strategist
Elias is my marketing technology guru! He builds, manages, and troubleshoots our sales and marketing campaigns and CRM. In addition to keeping our marketing efforts running smoothly, he is also responsible for implementing the various data analytics and reporting software we use.
Elias Borota
Marketing Technology Specialist
Kristene works closely with our Director of Social Growth, Jessica, to ensure everything is running smoothly on our social media channels. In addition to keeping Jessica sane, she also answers questions, responds to comments and stays engaged with all of our LWSL readers, shop customers and EBA students.
Kristene Valenzuela
Social Media Assistant
Charles is our numbers guy–the one who makes sure we are running our business in a fiscally responsible way & being good stewards of the money we bring in. He oversees all financial business pertaining to LWSL Blog, Elite Blog Academy®, the Living Well Planner® & all other LWSL products. He is also responsible for invoicing, coding & payroll.
Charles Jerry
Financial Controller
Sammi Ricke likes to keep things simple, delicious, and nutritious in her kitchen. She enjoys the challenge of finding unique ways to incorporate “just one more whole food” into every meal while leaving just enough room for life's essentials. If you are looking for “healthified” versions of your family’s favorite meals be sure to visit Sammi's Grounded & Surrounded Blog.
Sammi Ricke
Monthly Recipe Contributor


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