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.

Food bank day

This week the amount is slim but anything helps.  Actually this is a pretty good combination of food.

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1 grocery bag green beans  (after picking through there is about 1/2 pound)

1 bag potatoes

1 loaf whole wheat bread

2 cucumbers

1 pack (3) lettuce

2  half pints chocolate milk

4 fake yogurt for kids

and 1 toothbrush

The milk is frozen to be poor people ice cream.  Ladybug loves it.

The lettuce and cucumbers are joined by a can of beets, dried cherries, and a little bit of corn to be a salad.  A couple of slices of bread become croutons for the salad.  I mixed up cider vinegar, olive oil, and Italian spice to be the dressing.

The green beans are cooked with a couple of potatoes, a chopped small onion, and left over ham bits from the freezer.  That was dinner. Delicious!


9 comments on “Food bank day

  1. danLrene ©2011
    May 18, 2015

    NaNa does your area do commodities for Seniors? We get them once a month and it is non perishable items like cereal, cream of wheat, raisins, canned goods, jugs of juice, rice, beans, etc. I too am on soc sec and am like 18 dollars over. But anyway…commodities really help.

    • Na Na
      May 20, 2015

      I get those too. I have written a few posts about how to use them. Including juice jello and dehydrating the cheese. The commodity program here has started adding some fresh produce items from Dare to Care each month too. This month I got potatoes, onions, cucumbers, and corn on the cob. Next month the farmers market coupons are due to be handed out.

  2. sarasinart
    May 12, 2015

    You use your imagination so well and it’s so beneficial to you!

    • Na Na
      May 14, 2015

      Thank you but I want it to help others too.

  3. Kathleen
    May 12, 2015

    Sounds yummy 🙂 I TRY and eat like that,but junk stuff keeps creeping
    🙂 nice haul

    • Na Na
      May 14, 2015

      Yeah, it creeps in on me every now and then too.

  4. Linda Smith
    May 12, 2015

    Sounds like a pretty good use of what you have. I was raised Southern and the green beans with potato and ham sounds like home.

    On Tue, May 12, 2015 at 3:27 PM, Na Na pinches her pennies (aka frugal

    • Na Na
      May 14, 2015

      This time of year always reminds me of home and makes me a little nostalgic. Green beans are a sign of warm weather ahead. I’m glad the bitter cold is gone for awhile.

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