Na Na pinches her pennies

Shh… don't tell anyone I'm poor. They all think I'm living frugal and green just like everyone these days. This is a blog about a senior citizen living a frugal life, on a fixed income, in a low income food desert, and passing along knowledge from lessons learned. Some she learned from her Grandma Mama many years ago and some learned only a few days ago.

Beef and barley stew

I decided to use the package of the beef I got from the foodbank to make a beef and barley soup.  Well it morphed into a stew instead.  I made … Continue reading

December 8, 2019 · 10 Comments

November foodbank day

I hope everyone had a good holiday meal and time with friends and family.  I cooked the turkey at my house while my daughter made everything else at her house.  … Continue reading

November 30, 2019 · 22 Comments

It wasn’t lemons

Last week I was given a bag of lemons at the outdoor food bank.  There were 14 of them with a bright yellow color.  Funny they look orange in the … Continue reading

November 18, 2019 · 25 Comments

Canning pickle beets

I created another video as I learn more about the process of editing videos for youtube.  One more small step in the learning process.  Have a look and let me … Continue reading

November 12, 2019 · 8 Comments

Food bank cabbages

I went to the thrift store a few days ago.  It’s just a block away from the doctor’s office where I had an appointment.  I really, really need some warm … Continue reading

November 8, 2019 · 19 Comments

Where are the turkeys?

I like baking a turkey breast for my lunch meat instead of buying deli sliced or that shrink wrapped stuff sold by the ounce.  This time of year there are … Continue reading

November 4, 2019 · 39 Comments

Pork patty chili

Cooler temperatures always means chili weather for me but the cost of ground beef is way to expensive.  Well as Grandma Mama would say; use what you have.   In the … Continue reading

October 27, 2019 · 35 Comments

First October food bank day

This time there was better and more food.  We never know what we’re going to get.  I made a short video of the food we received.  The video has another … Continue reading

October 16, 2019 · 20 Comments

Washing the little bottles

This technique works with any bottle that has an opening too small for a bottle brush.  In the video I said edges when I meant to say sides.  Soaking the … Continue reading

October 6, 2019 · 7 Comments

Better to give away than throw away

I’ve written about the different food banks before but I really should explain again.  I visit and write about the mobile food bank which is also called the outdoor food … Continue reading

September 27, 2019 · 9 Comments

Food bank day

We had another food bank day.  Thank goodness it was much cooler with a light breeze.  Both videos are less than one minute each. On average we stand in line … Continue reading

September 26, 2019 · 18 Comments

About the little bottles

Here is my next practice video.  Of course it has some flaws but I’m gonna leave it as is.  There was interest in the little bottles that I use in … Continue reading

September 25, 2019 · 2 Comments

Learning and doing

Let me show you what I’ve learned about using youtube and at the same time show you what I’ve been doing the past few days.  Technical things and I don’t … Continue reading

September 24, 2019 · 4 Comments

Living without a fridge is different

I first became fascinated by small refrigerators several years ago at my previous house.  I became intrigued by the tiny under counter fridges seen in the homes of foreign made … Continue reading

September 22, 2019 · 10 Comments

Food shortages and empty shelves

Gosh its hard to believe another once a month grocery day has gone by again.  I wanted you to see what I was seeing at the stores.  I also wanted … Continue reading

September 15, 2019 · 34 Comments

Empty shelves

I had the monthly grocery day with my SIL.  I took my camera with me this time but there wasn’t any discounted produce to check.  So I just snapped a … Continue reading

August 23, 2019 · 58 Comments

Costs, shortages, and a warning

The rising costs on just about everything is forcing shoppers to look at ways to cut spending.  I’ve long been a fan of using grocery store discount bin items.  Shopping … Continue reading

August 20, 2019 · 28 Comments

Living without a fridge

Learning to live without a refrigerator and using only a chest freezer is challenging.  For several years I’ve been freezing foods in small pieces because I’m just cooking for one.  … Continue reading

August 13, 2019 · 14 Comments

This and that

Back in June I had posted about trying some flavor packets for water and how yucky those had been because they contained Aspartame. I posted about freezing bottled lemon juice … Continue reading

July 29, 2019 · 24 Comments

Outdoor foodbank day

I went to the outdoor foodbank a few days ago.  I believe the last time I had gone was back in March.  I’m sure glad the foodbank workers decided to … Continue reading

July 19, 2019 · 39 Comments

We still have debtor’s prisons

Recently I was complaining about the crazy city ordinances where I live.  I found a documentary about how city ordinances have created debtor’s prisons.  You get tickets for such silly … Continue reading

July 4, 2019 · 30 Comments

More house cleaning

While on the subject of cleaning here is one house cleaning issue you may not know about unless you live under city ordnance code rules like me and next door … Continue reading

June 30, 2019 · 30 Comments

You see? I do clean

I had heard that the definition of insanity is repeating the same behavior over and over again while expecting different results.  Remind me again why we spend a whole day … Continue reading

June 28, 2019 · 16 Comments

New youtube videos

I have a clutter problem.  Over and over and over I get rid of STUFF.  The trouble is that the STUFF hides in the dark regions of my house and … Continue reading

June 27, 2019 · 18 Comments

Cold drinks without a refrigerator

I’ve been living without a refrigerator for about a month and I’m ok with it.  I do have a small chest freezer.  I plan to get another fridge eventually but … Continue reading

June 23, 2019 · 10 Comments

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