Na Na pinches her pennies (aka frugal living)

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.

Cooking without recipes

I’ve had many requests over the years to give recipes for the foods I cook.  Honestly I’m not really good at using or writing recipes.  I have lists of ingredients … Continue reading

July 23, 2017 · 2 Comments

Electronic devices are making our young STUPID

I have noticed for a few years that the young generation is not being taught to think for themselves.  The electronic devices do all the thinking for them so they … Continue reading

July 16, 2017 · 19 Comments

Water saving progress

I sure wish I could read the water meter but those are kept cleverly hidden underground and not visible to the homeowner.  I wouldn’t know how to read it anyway. … Continue reading

June 25, 2017 · 37 Comments

Non-electric air conditioner

I saw the news reports of the extremely high 120 degree heat in the southwest USA.  I do hope readers living in those areas stay safe and stay cool.  I … Continue reading

June 20, 2017 · 25 Comments

Hay box cooking

Grandma Mama had no electricity and cooked with a wood stove.  During the really hot summer days she would sometimes use a small outside fire and a hay box to … Continue reading

June 14, 2017 · 30 Comments

Water saving tip

When I was a child we didn’t have running water in the house.  We had a well and barrels to catch water off the roof during rain.  Every bit of … Continue reading

June 12, 2017 · 22 Comments

I’ve had surgery

I suffered with a kidney stone.  For three days I waited, taking pain pills, believing the stone would pass.  I do drink water but apparently not enough to keep the … Continue reading

June 11, 2017 · 32 Comments

Rainbows and pots of gold

Sometimes hope comes to us in the most unexpected way.  It could be in the form of a few minutes time spent with a special person or it could be … Continue reading

June 6, 2017 · 22 Comments

Growing old is hell

Today, memorial day, I remember my sons who have passed.  I remember relatives too but its my grandmother that dominates my thoughts today.   Grandma Mama. My mother was mentally ill and … Continue reading

May 29, 2017 · 23 Comments

Do I need a tin foil hat?

Just when I feel as if I’ve gotten my financial life in balance and running smoothly, something costs more.  These days the sticker shocks and sucker punch fees are coming … Continue reading

May 27, 2017 · 26 Comments

Less grid living

Going completely off grid is not an option for me.  The expense of solar panels and all that that entails is way beyond my limited budget.   Also, some off … Continue reading

May 21, 2017 · 18 Comments

Canning jar mop

Grandma Mama had a jar mop made with rags tacked to the end of a short tree branch Grandpa Papa had made smooth with a carving knife.  I wash lots … Continue reading

May 19, 2017 · 8 Comments

No mice or rats allowed – three

As I’ve said in the earlier posts when I say mice I mean rats too.  These are the things I’ve learned that do or don’t work to get rid of … Continue reading

May 18, 2017 · 2 Comments

No mice or rats allowed – two

In this post I’m listing as much as I remember about making a house less attractive to mice and rats.  You may think mice are only a country pest but … Continue reading

May 17, 2017 · 8 Comments

No mice or rats allowed – one

I want to mouse and rat proof my house.  Well, as best I can anyway.  At my old house mice and rats were just a fact of life in the … Continue reading

May 15, 2017 · 14 Comments

Happy Mother’s Day

God cannot be everywhere so he made mothers. Wishing all the mothers out there the happiest of days.  

May 14, 2017 · 6 Comments

My baking cabinet

When I moved here last summer there were lots of spiders.  Everywhere!  I believe they may have been attracted to the meat eating ants in the kitchen and the carpenter … Continue reading

May 10, 2017 · 23 Comments

Twenty pounds of onions

What would you do with twenty pounds of onions?  On my shopping trip last month I bought sweet onions buy one five pound bag for $4 get one bag free … Continue reading

May 4, 2017 · 23 Comments

My kitchen is not a trash can

Back in December I posted about how I no longer wanted to keep a trash can inside my house.  A trash can in the kitchen is like an open invitation … Continue reading

April 27, 2017 · 20 Comments

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