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.

I’m such a dunce

Well there I am playing around with Amazon trying to create a list of grocery items that are never given at a mobile food pantry.  I was trying to figure out how to change a list from private to public.  All I managed to do is create several lists with the exact same names.  4 called wish list and 3 called Anita’s grocery list and 2 called shopping list.  Only two of the lists have items on them.  The others are just names.

So many lists with the very same names only confused me more.  What I wanted to do is delete the empty lists and keep only the two with items on them.  DUH!  I’m such a klutz.  I managed to delete the very lists I wanted to keep.  One person had signed up to follow the grocery list.  I don’t know who it was and apparently I’ve deleted them along with the lists. I do apologize.

I’m still not sure how it all works but I’ve started adding things back to my grocery shopping list.  I’ll leave the large item wish list blank for now and get back to it later.  I have a question for those of you familiar with using Amazon shopping lists.  Which is better?  To add specific items or just general ideas?  For example should I put something like Dawn dish liquid without details or should I search for a specific size and quantity of Dawn?  It was suggested I look at powdered eggs.  I liked that idea but  when I was searching for powdered eggs up popped silly things like itching powder, poop emojis, and whoopee cushions.  I can tell ya’ with silly searches like that a grocery list may take awhile. 🙂

Advice is really needed before I mess it all up again.  🙂

17 comments on “I’m such a dunce

  1. Lilli
    February 1, 2019

    Anita, I signed up to follow your list except there wasn’t anything on it. Augason farms sells prepper foods in no.10 cans and other items in larger quantity buckets. Wish list items would help if they covered a range of price points. People could pick and choose according to their gift budget. Anita, don’t delete it. That free shipping is valuable. How about picking out the items that are the most imporftant. Canned meats, canned fruits, canned milk, Augason farms dehydrated eggs?

    • Lilli
      February 1, 2019

      Anita, you could also add the Amazon gift card to your wishlist and people can pick the value to send.

      • Anita
        February 2, 2019

        Thanks Lilli. This morning I finally managed to add the amazon gift card option to my list. Amazon won’t let me put an amount. It shows 50 dollars automatically with a “more buying options” button where a person can choose the amount they wish to purchase.

    • Anita
      February 2, 2019

      Lilli I must be doing something wrong. When I use the link on the how to donate page of my blog I get a list with several items on it. Powdered eggs, pancake mix, alfalfa seeds, broccoli seeds, sprouting lids, salmon, toilet tissue and dove bath soap are some of the items. When I find a smaller package of anything to put on the list a message pops up that it is reserved for prime members only. For example the Salmon on my list is a 12 pack for 16.56 but when I tried putting a 6 pack for 7.89 on my list the prime member only message popped up. When I just do a search for salmon six pack the result is one set of six chicken of the sea salmon for 47 dollars and a whole bunch of cat foods. I found I was spending way too much time on the computer and just stopped looking.

  2. Cath young
    January 31, 2019

    I’m going to use your idea since a lot of family members and friends use Amazon. And I’ll certainly use a code or two to send goodies from your list to you from time to time. I’ve learned a lot from you

    Eating my favorite foods, what I most enjoy and yet staying on the diet healthiest for me for the lowest price is a big challenge. I did well in getting some pricey food items I enjoy this Christmas by listing gift food baskets that I really wanted. I got some i didn’t want too but it added some nice choices to my pantry. Every little bit helps.

    For breakfast this morning, I microwaved 1/3 cup oatmeal with equal amount of almond milk and added two tablespoons of Greek plain yogurt , a bit of Splenda, 1/2 an overripe bansn(got f bunch for free from grocery store but usually pay half price for; I peel and freeze and use as I want) added a 1/3 cup of fresh blueberries (splurge this time of year even on sal; I usually get frozen berries from Dollar Tree ) sprinkled just a tablespoon or so of Dollar Tree Energy blend of nuts and sesame sticks. Dessert is Dollar Tree biscotti with my gourmet coffee that I make by the cup with single drip cone ( coffee a part of holiday gift basket. I think enough coffees to last most the year). 490 calorie breakfast that is filling. I eat it very slowly enjoying every bite and sip.

    The biggest challenge for me to getting nice fresh fruits and veggies at good price , as well as gettin 40gr of protein each day. It’s all carbs out there that’s cheap. Tonight Lentil soup simmered so very thick with dollup of seasoned yoghurt plopped on top over rice and a lettuce and cucumber salad with shaved cheese and low cal dressing.

    • Anita
      January 31, 2019

      Hi Cath, I’m considering deleting my Amazon shopping list. I spend way too much time setting at the computer and looking for things. I get sidetracked and before I know it I’ve been at the computer for hours. I do much better finding bargains in brick and mortar stores. After working with it for a few days I found there are issues with the shopping list that causes many people to get rid of it. Maybe after the bugs are worked out I’ll have another look at it. Of course, the issue may not be with Amazon. It could be an issue of AT&T or something.

      Eating for health is definitely not easy or cheap. Whenever I finally get new teeth the first thing I want to eat is a salad with as much crunchy stuff as possible. I want lots of lettuce with nuts and croutons and apples in it too. The works! I’m so tired of eating mushy food. Yes, the cheapest foods are the least healthy and as you say, carb loaded. Dollar Trees in your area must be a whole lot different than the ones near me. The food at stores near me are sub-par. I’ve seen way too many moldy items on their shelves. I only buy non-food items from there but lately the quality of those items have gone downhill too.

  3. Lisa
    January 29, 2019

    Best to select exactly what you want, like Dove Bars, Sensitive Skin, 4 oz size. Otherwise, they may select 48 oz Coconut-scented and you may be allergic etc…

    • Anita
      January 29, 2019

      Thank you Lisa. I’ll do that.

  4. Di
    January 29, 2019

    I would put specific items. It’s easier to order things that way from a list, rather than try to guess someone’s preference. I’ve never seen a list that didn’t have specific items on it, so that’s just my experience. You might even put different sizes of the same item-such as the Dawn-to give people options. I’ve ordered for a couple of local pet rescues in the past and it was nice to be able to choose a size. It might be worth it for a few things, anyway.
    You can also list items as high priority, although I don’t know how.
    Sorry, that’s all I’ve got.

    • Anita
      January 29, 2019

      Thank you Di, I hadn’t thought of putting in multiple sizes. I couldn’t figure out how to give people options for sizes or quantities.

      • Di
        February 1, 2019

        The rescue had separate items for each size. I’m sure it took more work but getting a smaller bag that costs less is better than not getting any if the big bag was more than someone wanted to spend.

  5. Cath young
    January 28, 2019

    I help out at the food give away at our church, and have done so at food pantries, soupkitchens and foodbanks for years. I don’t qualify for free food, and so I only take the leftovers. Usually grapefruit and whole wheat flour . So I have all the good recipes using either of those items.

    My list of staples from the store includes eggs, milk, coffee, teas, oranges, oatmeal, berries white flour, dark brown sugar, butter, vanillla extract, banana. For breakfasts.
    I buy almond butter, cheddar cheese, some types of pasta, ramen, rice,tomato soup, lettuce and tomatoes, celery, sweet onions, scallions, cucumbers, carrots, zucchini, yellow squash, small canned ham , canned peaches, canned peas and carrots,fresh pears, apples, grapes, frozen green beans, frozen broccoli, frozen vegetables, lemons, rotisserie chicken, tortillas

    Beef for pot roast,pork loin, ground beef, tomato sauce, lentils,beans rice, potAtoes, green beans, frozen peas, tomato sauce, tomato paste,bacon.

    My food list. I get from garden, Dollar Tree,Costco, Aldis, Walmart.

    • Anita
      January 29, 2019

      Thank you Cath this does help. It gives me some ideas. I used your suggestions to write myself a guide list. Creating an online grocery list is a bit overwhelming for me. Its so so different than anything I’m used to doing. I only visit a church food bank when I’ve missed the mobile (outdoor) food bank days. I went to the church in December but only because I had missed the outdoor one two months in a row. It was the first time I had been to the church for food in about a year and a half. I too keep a recipe file for the foods I get most often. It saves time having them all in one place to look.

  6. Nettle
    January 28, 2019

    Hi Anita,

    I suggest you put exactly what you want; that way the person buying can just click on it very easily, rather than going through the same searching issues you’re going through. They won’t have to guess what works best for you; it’ll be very clear instead.

    • Anita
      January 29, 2019

      Thank you, that’s what I’ll do.

  7. Nini
    January 28, 2019

    I’m sorry but I can not help in any way with that but you made me laugh hysterically. NOT AT YOU…but because that would be me! Just when I think I have something “new”figured out I screw it all up! I accidentally” one click” ordered something three times because I didn’t realize the order already went through😂 I have stay Amazon does have great customer service!

    • Anita
      January 29, 2019

      Hee, hee, then you know what I mean when I say I feel like a dunce. A woman asked me to take a picture of her and a new baby with her cell phone. I thought I would hear a click like a camera. I took a couple hundred or more holding my finger on the button waiting for a sound that would not happen. Poor woman had to delete them all.

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