Another way we keep life simple is to not go out too much.
We have one old car - a 1999 Suburban that we bought this past October as our older Suburban, a 1992, was rusting out.
Because we are home a lot, I have time to cook and bake and do craft projects. I make time for these things - I could probably spend more time cleaning, organizing, and perhaps I should, but eating healthy food and being creative come first.
Because we are home we have time to have people over our house. It has been nice to be able to invite friends over for skating.
By not running here and there all the time we make time for the animals, gardening, doing firewood, playing games with each other.
Not only does staying home a lot save time, but it also saves money - less opportunity for temptation (buying) and we are sure to be better organized with a list when we go to the nearest larger town for shopping.
Generally our week involves church on Sunday, Bible study on Wednesday night (for Mike and Nolan), library on Thursday, Homeschool Group on Friday, Youth Group on Friday night, and shopping on Saturday. There have been seasons in our family's life where we have been busier with lessons or baseball and I know those times will come again, but even then we make thoughtful choices and generally choose to not be going in too many different directions.
How do you decide how busy or not to be?