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.

Economy thoughts and organizing

There are those who believe the economy has vastly improved while others believe the economy is getting worse day by day.  Wanna know how to tell them apart?  The people … Continue reading

February 26, 2020 · Leave a comment

Sick again and new a1c

Yeah, it was bound to happen. I had another episode of yuppie flu (fibromyalasia) which lasted pretty much the whole month of January.  I get so tired of being sick.  … Continue reading

February 7, 2020 · 31 Comments

Its sad news

Youtube sensation for several years under the name “Southern Frugal dot Com” Mrs Phyllis Stokes passed away on Saturday after a long illness.  She had over 200,000 followers who will … Continue reading

January 28, 2020 · 4 Comments

Gee whiz already

Just a few days ago I asked if everyone was making budget changes to include higher costs of everything this year.  I usually have my new budget figured out before … Continue reading

January 2, 2020 · 3 Comments

Happy new year!

Many people look forward to the new year for a new start on old habits.  I don’t make resolutions; I set goals.  Ladybug gave me a nice new year/birthday wish.  … Continue reading

January 1, 2020 · 12 Comments

Financial decisions to make

I’ve been writing a blog since about 1997 or 1998.  I remember writing posts calming reader fears over Y2K.  Do you remember the Y2K days?  I remember something called Open … Continue reading

December 29, 2019 · 48 Comments

Thank you! Happy Holidays!

I won’t be posting for a few days so I want to wish everyone safe and happy holidays.  May your holiday be festive and the laughter be contagious. I did … Continue reading

December 21, 2019 · 18 Comments

Youtube videos ARRRR!

Please be sure to read the note at the very bottom of this post.  🙂 Its so frustrating to do lots and lots of techie work only to find out … Continue reading

December 17, 2019 · 14 Comments

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 · 17 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

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

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