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.

Holiday greetings!

Whichever holiday you celebrate I wish you to have a good one!  We celebrate Christmas here.

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An online friend gifted me with a used lap-top that I absolutely love.  I’m planning to use it for creating a family history for my kids and grand kids.  I have lots of old photos that no one but me knows who the people are.  No written information on any of them and the people have passed on.  Its important I start getting these organized and labeled before something happens.

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Ladybug gave me a pair of fuzzy house shoes and she made me a new coffee mug.  She decorated it herself.  She’s a crafty type person for sure.

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So now I’ve eaten, more than once, and its time for a nap.

 

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33 comments on “Holiday greetings!

  1. Suzanne
    December 31, 2016

    Wishing you a very happy New Year Anita! I’ve starting working on our family history too as my children never had the chance to know their grandparents.

    • Anita
      January 1, 2017

      Happy new year to you as well.

  2. Patricia
    December 26, 2016

    Merry Day After Christmas – I always seem to be a day late and a dollar short.

    I bought my presents for my daughter, her husband and my 7 yr old granddaughter beginning in October. Used old rolls of paper that I unearthed when I moved to my new small apt – used old ribbons which I ironed and they were beautiful. Went to my family’s farm for Christmas – it was wonderful – a real farm dinner – smoked ham from a pig raised with love – a tray full of winter root vegetables roasted together – real corn bread – and Christmas cookies for afters. I find myself trying hard to pull in, focus on what is important, find ways to cut my budget, use up what I have, make do without purchasing anything, enjoying what I have and getting back to sewing and knitting. I look out the windows of my living room out onto Constitution Marsh and the Hudson River – and watch the deer wandering on our senior complex grounds – foraging for fallen crab apples, green grass, acorns and occasional “surprises” that some hide in the crook of a tree. Life is good.

    Got a call from our village food pantry – wondering if I could use a chicken or shank end ham… they had extra and since I hadn’t gone in for anything they wanted to offer it to me (and a few others) – so Saturday I pick up a ham, fresh winter veggies and milk – eggs and honey I get from my daughter’s farm – jams and marmalade she makes – so I don’t need anything for over a month. I never evaluated my budget or how I was living until I began following your blog. You’ve opened my eyes and educated me. I am blessed to have had you in my life for over two years now, leading by example and nudging us with concern. Thank you and may your holidays be wonderful and full of love and family and the possibility of miracles.

    • Anita
      December 30, 2016

      Patricia thank you for your kind words. I’m the one who is blessed to have so many online friends. Sounds like you had a wonderful holiday. Preparing ahead of time feels good doesn’t it? Your meal sounds delicious! Especially the roasted veggies. I seem to be craving roasted veggies these days. Maybe because the cost prevents me from buying many and there hasn’t been many from the food bank either. Your village pantry must be really nice. I’m guessing its small enough that everyone knows everybody in the village. I can’t imagine ours calling anyone with extra items because here they are usually overwhelmed with requests. I always loose out on holiday food boxes. Its been years since I actually got a holiday box. That’s not a complaint, just a fact. I’m grateful I have knowledge to prepare ahead for holidays. Looking forward to another year of friendship. Anita

  3. Emma
    December 26, 2016

    Merry Christmas, Anita. Yours is one of the few blogs I truly enjoy reading. I hope you had a wonderful day yesterday and wish you all the best in 2017!

    • Anita
      December 26, 2016

      Thank you Emma. I did have a really nice day. I hope you did too.

  4. Jasna
    December 26, 2016

    Best wishes for the New Year from Patagonia!!!

    • Anita
      December 26, 2016

      Thanks Jasna, wishing you the same. It always amazes me that I can converse with someone who lives at the end of the earth.

  5. KAYTHEGARDENER
    December 26, 2016

    A big thanks for all your postings in 2016, Na-Na!!
    May you live long & prosper!!
    Plus, early Happy Birthday wishes to you for 2017 — good way to ring in the New Year!!

    • Anita
      December 26, 2016

      Thank you, I’m surprised you remember my birthday. My memory is terrible. I can’t remember anyone’s birthday unless its written on my calendar. Even my kids.

  6. sarasinart
    December 26, 2016

    Merry belated Christmas. I hope it was warm and wonderful. Now we hope for a good new year.

    • Anita
      December 26, 2016

      In the past I would have looked forward to a new year with new beginnings, organizing, and fresh ideas. Now I’m not so sure anymore. Fake news with more and more ways to manipulate everyone who uses the internet.

  7. Maria Orpen
    December 26, 2016

    Happy Christmas NaNa love all your positive posts . Have been poor all my life , but never look it due to the wonderful charity shops here in the UK , and careful budgeting I manage . Love Maria

    • Anita
      December 26, 2016

      Thanks Maria. Careful budgeting is essential to survival these days isn’t it? Good that many of us grew up poor because we have the skills needed in modern times.

  8. Margie in Toronto
    December 26, 2016

    Sounds as though you had a lovely time with the family! Making a family history is a wonderful idea – I was just speaking with a friend the other day and we were both saying how much we wish we’d thought to get more information from our grandmothers before they passed – and now it’s all gone. They will really appreciate all of this later.
    Have a lovely rest over the next few days and here’s hoping for a wonderful and Happy New Year.

    • Anita
      December 26, 2016

      I’m trying to come up with a workable plan for all the photos and papers. I’m a little overwhelmed with so much stuff to document. You have a nice week too.

  9. Donna
    December 26, 2016

    Homemade gifts are the best kind. Hope you had a great day. God bless.

    • Anita
      December 26, 2016

      It was a very pleasant day. Hope yours was too.

  10. T
    December 25, 2016

    Merry Christmas!

    I baked a ham which turned out good, and roasted some potatoes.

    There will be plenty of holiday food being sold off cheaply for days so I didn’t buy much for today! I don’t over-eat any more.

    I bought some new ‘obamacare’ insurance for 2017 which is affiliated to a local hospital chain rather than a pcp doctor, not sure how it will work but can’t be any worse than useless which the previous three years have been…if it’s real insurance this time then i’ll try to get the health care I need.

    Otherwise I want to work as much as possible in 2017 and sell my home and buy or rent something away from other people if possible.

    I hope 2017 is a good year for you. And your readers!

    • Anita
      December 26, 2016

      I would like to get a few of the food bargains but I’m flat broke. Hoping some of them will show up in the food bank give away. Especially hoping for sweet potatoes and

      If I had had a choice I would have moved to a place much farther away. A couple miles from the nearest neighbor would have been nice. I don’t think ANY ACA insurance for next year will be any good after Trump and McConnell dismantle the program. Whether you think the program is good or not, it did keep the insurance companies under control Trashing the ACA means the insurance companies will be allowed to raise their rates without any cost control and once again denying coverage to people whenever they want.

      I’m hoping everyone has a good new year.

      • T
        December 29, 2016

        It was never real insurance for PPACA, huge disappointment. I had no choice but to buy it or nothing, but it didn’t cover anything in reality because the premiums or deductibles were so high and the things which HAD to be covered by the law like emergency care had get-out clauses like ‘balance billing’ and ‘co-payments’ even after deductibles were met. The first two years none of the local hospitals here were taking any of the healthcare.gov policies, so you could see a specialist at an outpatient clinic but not get a procedure done! So few people have to rely on it in America that most people don’t realize just how bad it is, and what a terrible waste of money it’s been. For all the money wasted every American could be covered under a non-profit scheme. Medicaid for all will be way better if it is ever possible, but the insurance companies are very powerful and for all his anti-establishment talk Trump probably won’t be able to change anything. The CEOs run America now, not the politicians.

        For most people PPACA has raised the cost of their insurance premiums and deductibles instead of controlling prices as it was supposed to. Health insurance and health care is the biggest cost for many families now, more than housing cost.

        I find it disgusting myself, so many Americans can’t see a doctor or afford an operation or medications. The first question I ask when a doctor tells me I need meds is ‘how much is the cost?’. Most of the time they don’t have an answer.

        I pride myself on being a good budgeter but it’s just not possible to budget for medicine and healthcare in America once you get sick.

        Sorry you are broke Anita, it’s scary isn’t it. I worked my butt off in December and it’s a bit better but honestly the cost of living is so high now I just can’t keep up.

        There weren’t many visible bargains in Kroger today, in fact there wasn’t much on the shelves period, rows and rows of plastic storage bins?

        Sweet potatoes are 65 cents a pound here right now. Potatoes are $1.68 for 5 pounds. There was a lot of sweet stuff marked down, cakes and cookies, but I don’t need to eat that, plus I can bake it way cheaper even at reduced prices.

        I’d like to cook a turkey one day.

        • Anita
          December 30, 2016

          Yes, the cost of everything is getting higher and higher. Especially items used by seniors. Big money can be made in price gouging seniors these days. I know there are a lot of folks believing Trump has a magic button to push and make the whole world a better place but he doesn’t. EVERY president has had the same dream of fixing all the wrongs but it won’t ever happen. As you said, our country is run by the CEOs along with the lobbyists and back pocket politicians.

          Your Kroger closing? That’s what I saw here right before the announcement of the store closing. When a Kroger is closing one of the first items to be drastically discounted will be the kitchen gadgets isle followed by the school stuff isle and the seasonal items isle. I felt sorry for the employees here who lost their jobs right before the holidays. Kroger could have been nice and kept the store open a couple more months for the employees. Some had worked there for several years. Kroger has no loyalty toward anyone even though they expect shoppers to use a store loyalty card.

          I can’t keep up either which is why I’m broke. I expect the cost of EVERYTHING to be higher in the new year. From utilities to clothing to food. Its going to be rough for all of us. The best advice I can offer anyone (my daughter) is to get out of debt….. like NOW.

          • T
            December 30, 2016

            I would not be surprised to see a Kroger or two closing here because they have opened two huge local super-centers in the wealthiest areas. Can’t even get to one of them for free as it’s off the toll road!

            It’s like they have been doing price-wars over the holidays, giving things away or nearly giving things away, though a lot of their schemes are complicated, buy five of this or three of that color sticker, and sometimes the digital download coupons don’t work. The Kroger closest to me has always been the worst locally, and the area has become the rental part of the zip code after all the flooding last year and this. If it closes I would have an extra couple of miles to the next one. I tend to shop on my way home from work, so I get to see different stores in different parts of town and pick up some of the ‘manager specials’, and it’s not using gas for a separate trip.

            All the seasonal stuff went half price two days after Christmas, I don’t buy much of that kind of thing but I would never buy it at full price knowing it will be 50 % off 2 or 3 days later…we are brainwashed into a consumer purchasing cycle we really are. Now there’s a bunch of Valentine’s junk appearing…then it’ll be St Patrick’s, then easter…

            Good advice to your daughter, I refuse to allow my son to go into any debt for anything ( not even college ) until he’s independent and can make his own decisions. I also try to teach him not to buy ongoing maintenance type goods and services, example people here buy those k-cups machines then expensive flavored processed coffee to go in them. Seems silly to me, so easy to make a cup of tea or coffee for a fraction of that price…in my experience most gadgets end up cluttering the kitchen counter or cupboards very quickly.

            Could you do a garage sale to raise a bit of quick cash?

          • Anita
            December 30, 2016

            Too cold for garage or a yard sale this time of year and it requires a permit but those are not free. Being broke is not a bad thing, just a fact. I’ve lived with very little money my whole life so I do know how to survive. Writing about it is my way of convincing others they can survive too. Understand? When I get set up and back to quilting again the money situation will be better.

  11. Kathleen
    December 25, 2016

    Merry Christmas Anita to you and your Family
    and a Very Happy New Year….
    Talk to you NEXT year… 🙂
    Kathleen

    • Anita
      December 26, 2016

      Yes, talk to you then. I’ll be another year older by then.

  12. boblosan
    December 25, 2016

    Merry Christmas Anita – and a holiday season filled with joy and love.

    • Anita
      December 26, 2016

      Thank you. You planning to write a blog this year Sandy?

  13. captnmike
    December 25, 2016

    Good for your archive project – good luck with it – – I have started one like that on another site – but am a bit behind on it – have pictures going back maybe 50 years – several thousand to sort I suspect –

    Have a happy holiday season and keep up the good work

    • Anita
      December 26, 2016

      Are those the photos of Alaska you are writing about? What are your plans for the information after you’ve sorted and documented them? I’m enjoying short visits now and then to look at your photos. I have grand kids living in Alaska so I’m always looking at any photos of there when I can. I have been leaning toward keeping it all in a word file or a family tree file to be printed into a book for everyone later.

      • captnmike
        December 27, 2016

        yes the pictures are on the https://thecanneryhack.wordpress.com/ – most of the pictures are of Alaska but there are some going back to about my 9th grade (I did some photos and was a photo editor part of my time in High School) – and put some of the pictures and negatives in a box – – the plan is to just put them on the internet for others to see – some old classmates have stopped by and others that lived or worked in the areas – if they were of family then a book of some sort would be nice also – do the pictures in a word processor program and print copies for folks – the binding is not very expensive at my local office supply place

        • Anita
          December 30, 2016

          Thanks for the advice. I do like your photos and the history that goes with them. Using how you’ve done yours as an example I’ve decided I’m going to put mine in MS word so I can get it printed as a book. Thanks for sharing Mike.

          • captnmike
            December 30, 2016

            You are welcome, glad I could help
            When I print special stuff I use a Laser printer on HP Premium Choice Laser Paper – 32 lb weight – a bit heavier and quite bright – has a nice fancy feel – I also like the spiral binding over the comb style

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