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.

During blogging break

***NOTE: I wrote this post before schools were out for Christmas break. A medical issue kept me from posting it until now. I’ll write another post for after this one.

I’m still working on projects of my own during my blog break. I’m not moving very fast because I keep falling down the rabbit hole of the internet when documenting family genealogy or searching for quilting item suppliers and studio ideas. A lot more organizing and getting rid of excess will be done when the schools are on holiday break. That’s when Ladybug can come for a couple days to help move things around to set up a dedicated sewing & quilting space. I’ll go into more details after my break.

I received money gifts from D.L. and K.C. last month. I was very tempted to put that toward my teeth fund or toward the heating bill. Instead I bought food. Thank you both so much! I bought packages of salmon and tuna and a few other things but mostly I bought fresh vegetables. Vegetables I rarely get from the outdoor foodbanks. Did you know broccoli and cauliflower costs about $4 a pound these days? I’m so very happy with the gift of food. I even bought brussel sprouts,

I had been craving vegetables roasted in olive oil with garlic and lemon pepper. Roasting makes them soft enough to eat so I’m eating a lot of them. Nothing fancy. Just oh so good! I have enough money left to buy more fresh vegetables for my birthday in a few days.

I’m down to the last $2,800 needed for my teeth. Yea! I sold quite a few items I no longer needed and finished some quilts that have been here almost a year waiting on me. I sure do miss being creative. I’m looking forward to having a working studio again.

I haven’t worked on next year’s budget yet because I haven’t wanted to depress myself. Every expense of mine will be higher and I still haven’t gotten a notice from SS what my income will be after Medicare is taken out. I’ll wait until I have all the information before getting to that task.

Have a great holiday! I’ll be back blogging soon. Hugs from Kentucky.

18 comments on “During blogging break

  1. Jasna
    January 8, 2022

    Hello, Anita, I’m curious about the lemon pepper you mention. How do you make it?
    Thank you!

    Hugs,
    Jasna

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    • Anita
      January 9, 2022

      Hi Jasna, glad to see you are well. Thank you, I’m much better.
      Zest about 4 lemons to get 4 tablespoons. Bake at about 150 degrees for approximately 20 minutes or until the lemon is dry. Pour the zest and 3 tablespoons course pepper into a blender and pulse to a powder. Some people also add garlic powder and onion powder to the pepper but I don’t. Does that help?

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  2. tracypacesplace
    January 2, 2022

    Well done with that fund Anita!

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    • Anita
      January 3, 2022

      Thank you Tracy. I can see the light at the end of tunnel. I’ll miss the family treasures I sold but the teeth will be so nice. I’ll be able to eat raw veggies and fruits again. Yea!

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  3. Silver
    December 31, 2021

    Happy birthday Anita! Hope you have had a lovely Christmas and will have a Happy New Year.

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    • Anita
      December 31, 2021

      Thank you Silver. I’m happy to see you and hubby had a good time with your families.

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  4. Donna Jones
    December 31, 2021

    My 2022 SS is exactly the same as my 2021 according to the letter from SS due to increase in medicare. How is it some get a raise and some don’t?

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    • Anita
      December 31, 2021

      Hi Donna. A lot of it has to do with the state you live in. Twelve states tax SS benefits and the others don’t. Kentucky is one of the ones who doesn’t. If I remember right; last year my increase was about $3 a month. Only original Medicare is the same price in all states but if you are in a Managed Care plan the price will vary quite a lot from state to state and by insurance company. There are all those advertisements of getting free dental, hearing, and eye benefits or even free transportation and free food but nothing in this world is free anymore. The money to pay for those things has to come from somewhere and its in the higher cost for premiums. Stay safe

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  5. kaythegardener
    December 30, 2021

    Happy Birthday to dear Na Na who writes such wonderful blogs about frugal living for seniors especially!! May you increase in wisdom & like Jack Benny, hold at 39 & counting!!
    KMC

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    • Anita
      December 31, 2021

      Thank you so much. 39 and counting is about right. Whenever anyone asks me how old I am I have to get out a calculator. I keep forgetting my age. 🙂 My frugal thinking cap is gonna get a big workout this year. My SS increase (as are others too) is not going to be enough to cover basic living expenses again this year. Finding ways to cut back is priority.

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      • bethie2021
        December 31, 2021

        Happy Birthday Ms. Anita. Sure do enjoy your blog.

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        • Anita
          December 31, 2021

          Thank you Bethie. Have a happy New Year.

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  6. Debby
    December 30, 2021

    I have heard there will be a bit more in our ss check next year. Cost of living raise will be greater than Medicare payment increase. We will see. Happy New Year. I do enjoy your blog a lot.

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    • Anita
      December 31, 2021

      Thank you Debby. Happy New Year to you too. Yes, the raise is higher than the Medicare cost. I got an extra $55 SS and Medicare cost went up $22 leaving me with $33 more SS a month. My LG&E utility bill went up $53 a month higher. My water and sewer bill has gone up, my home owner insurance has gone up, county & city & state property taxes have gone up……. everything is higher. Heck, even the cost of renewing a driver’s license has gone up. We all know about food prices being higher. Nothing we can do but tighten our spending and figure out what we can do without.

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      • Debby
        December 31, 2021

        I am in awe of single people who have managed to own homes and pay bills on one income. Hard enough with two of us. I’d love to see the rest of your home and how you have used your quilts to decorate.

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        • Anita
          January 1, 2022

          You would be disappointed with my house at the moment. It looks like the inside of someone’s storage shed or garage. I have boxes of stuff everywhere. I don’t have living room, dining room, or kitchen furniture. Quilts and decorations are still in moving boxes. I just have places to cook, sleep, and quilt at the moment. However; I’m working on it.

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      • Jane
        January 3, 2022

        Hi Anita,
        In my state property taxes are a function of the individual counties. My county has a couple of programs to help low income seniors with this expense. We have an ‘Office of Aging’ or some similar name to help find assistance. Have you checked to see if there are any programs to help you with any of your costs? I hope there are programs and that you can use them.
        Regards,
        Jane

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        • Anita
          January 3, 2022

          Hi Jane. I’m on constant lookout for ANY and ALL assistance programs I can find for seniors. So are most of my family and neighbors. We share information. I apply for things whenever any come available. Sometimes I get help and sometimes I don’t. Without the help that I do get I couldn’t manage at all. City and County property taxes do give a senior discount but are not totally free. I still must pay the difference.
          Hugs,
          Anita

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