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Pins from The More With Less Mom blog ~ Words of wisdom to live frugally and well. This natural parenting/simple living blog is intended to help the thrifty family. I am a mom living in New Hampshire with a family of six (and five cats). I am the crazy neighbor with marker on her fingers, a cat in every window, and the Christmas tree up all year. I am a thrifty, crunchy, geeky, offbeat housewife.

Melissa French: More With Less Mom & HousePunkery
Thrifty Thanksgiving for Tough Times - Make Ahead Thanksgiving Timeline from The More With Less Mom

Thrifty Thanksgiving for Tough Times – Make Ahead Thanksgiving Timeline

Thrifty Thanksgiving for Tough Times - Make Ahead Thanksgiving Timeline from The More With Less Mom

Check Your Privilege – Learn 8 Hurdles You Would Face if You Had to Live in Your Car  An Exercise in Empathy: Give Homelessness a Try  By The More With Less Mom

Check Your Privilege – Learn 8 Hurdles You Would Face if You Had to Live in Your Car

Do you know what it’s like to be homeless? It is happening to good people, smart people, hard workers, nice families… To have empathy for someone in that situation it simply takes a lit…

Seasonal Produce for February with Frugal Tips from The More With Less Mom

Seasonal Produce for February with Frugal Tips

It is important to know what veggies are in season. These are often the cheapest ingredients for your meal plan. Save money on groceries by buying according to the seasons. If you cook with real fo…

About homelessness from The More With Less Mom. Do you know what homeless kids look like? They look just like your kids.

About Homelessness

Homelessness stinks. Advocating for the working poor and affordable housing. Championing homeless families in NH. Fighting poverty and its stigma across America. I have lived in a tarp tent, I have…

An Exercise in Sympathy for the Homeless: Explode Your Budget from The More With Less Mom.  Do you know what it’s like to live paycheck to paycheck? Or worse, none check to homeless? It is happening to good people, smart people, hard workers, nice families... To have sympathy for someone in that situation it simply takes a little effort on your part. Try a mental exercise, no sleeping outside necessary.  How far from homelessness are you living? Homelessness stinks.  #homeless

An Exercise in Sympathy for the Homeless: Explode Your Budget

Do you know what it’s like to live paycheck to paycheck? Or worse, none check to homeless? It is happening to good people, smart people, hard workers, nice families… To have sympathy for some…

You can't chase happiness. You have to find it where you are.

You can’t chase happiness

You can’t chase happiness, you have to find it where you are. FIND IT. Where you are. Sometimes this is easy, and that’s great. Sometimes this is really, really hard. Sometimes there ar…

What the Homeless REALLY Want in Care Packages - Download a PDF with the most important bits of this post, for your mission project, act of kindness, or community service idea

“I hope that in this year to come, you make mistakes. Because if you are making mistakes, then you are making new things, trying new things, learning, living, pushing yourself, changing yourself, changing your world. You’re doing things you’ve never done before, and more importantly, you’re doing something.”  ~ Neil Gaiman

I hope you make mistakes

For me the new year is a time for exploring new things, not so much dwelling on what has gone wrong thus far, but what new things I can muck up fabulously. Preferably with glitter. “I hope th…

The Pecan Pie That Wasn’t (I Made a Thanksgiving Funny) from The More With Less Mom

The Pecan Pie That Wasn’t (I Made a Thanksgiving Funny)

This is a story about a pie. I was in my teens, and through some complicated-ness was the cooker for our family with four kids. We had invited my grandpa to come for Thanksgiving. Now this was a ve…

I have a confession to make: the meal plan is a lie (homelessness stinks)

Quick Haunted House Craft for Halloween from The More With Less Mom    This is a quick an easy craft you can do with the craft materials you have at home. We did this while I was cooking lunch. It is easy to scale this to the ability of your child at whatever age. Mine happen to be in first grade and preschool. Ours are now fridge art.

Quick Haunted House Craft for Halloween

This is a quick an easy craft you can do with the craft materials you have at home. We did this while I was cooking lunch. It is easy to scale this to the ability of your child at whatever age. Min…

I present to you the (new) 5 R’s of the waste hierarchy: Reduce – Reuse – (food) Rescue – Repurpose – Recycle. From The More With Less Mom

Pancake Mix Rescue: Food Pantry Fix

I present to you the (new) 5 R’s of the waste hierarchy: Reduce – Reuse – (food) Rescue – Repurpose – Recycle. From The More With Less Mom

Pancake Mix Rescue: Food Pantry Fix. Save that less-than-stellar instant pancake mix with these tips from The More With Less Mom. Stretch your budget a little bit further with food pantry items and add a little nutrition to your breakfast.

Pancake Mix Rescue: Food Pantry Fix

I am trying to do all I can to stretch our resources: reduce, reuse, recycle, repurpose. I’m going to add another R word: rescue. This applies mostly to food, like ugly produce that even the …