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.

Changing my food habits

Over the past week I’ve had another episode of chronic fatigue and been in bed.  I wrote this post but failed to publish it before getting sick.  I’m feeling much … Continue reading

May 27, 2018 · 15 Comments

I hate menu planning

Last fall there was a lady setting at the bus stop with me and she was curious about me going to the mobile food bank.  She asked me about the … Continue reading

April 15, 2018 · 38 Comments

Apple jackpot

A few days ago I took my SIL to her doctor appointment.  She doesn’t drive but they have a car.  I drive but don’t have a car.  Works for both … Continue reading

April 9, 2018 · 18 Comments

Is it spring yet?

On the first day of spring we had this.  The weather report today says we can expect more snow this evening.  One day its warm and the next day very … Continue reading

April 8, 2018 · 11 Comments

Backyard garden

Using the donated funds to buy fresh food right now is very tempting but I will have so much more if I create a backyard garden.  My garden budget is … Continue reading

March 29, 2018 · 32 Comments

Food box to replace SNAP

I’ve been sick from what I think was from eating fast food.  I took Ladybug to a restraunt so she could eat inside like a big girl.  The food itself … Continue reading

March 25, 2018 · 46 Comments

Testing

I think I got a video uploaded to youtube and now I’m testing to see if it shows up in a post.  These are potatoes just taken from the canner … Continue reading

January 6, 2018 · 29 Comments

Using commodity cheese

If you get commodities do you have a problem using the cheese in cooking?  Three pounds is usually more cheese than I can eat in a month so sometimes I … Continue reading

November 2, 2017 · 13 Comments

Feeling better

I think I’m finally at a turning point and getting over this illness.  (knock on wood)  Its hard to believe such a sweet pretty little baby girl with sniffles could … Continue reading

October 26, 2017 · 18 Comments

Canning potatoes

Thanks to my sister I finally managed to get to a mobile food bank.  Its too difficult to get to the food bank by bus with a baby and a … Continue reading

October 16, 2017 · 26 Comments

Old foods versus new foods

A recent discussion with someone about old time food versus new food prompted me to repeat my personal thoughts on healthy eating.  I am not a nutritionist or a medical … Continue reading

October 4, 2017 · 20 Comments

Zetia, Trajenta, Ezetimine, and Linagliptin

A few years ago, setting in a waiting room reading a medical type magazine, I read a tongue n cheek editorial that went something like this;  new medicines should be … Continue reading

September 26, 2017 · 25 Comments

A simple idea

But its so helpful for a forgetful mind.  I drink powdered milk.  I started drinking it long, long ago because it was more convenient than catching a city bus to … Continue reading

August 2, 2017 · 19 Comments

Cooking without recipes

I’ve had many requests over the years to give recipes for the foods I cook.  Honestly I’m not really good at using or writing recipes.  I have lists of ingredients … Continue reading

July 23, 2017 · 11 Comments

Twenty pounds of onions

What would you do with twenty pounds of onions?  On my shopping trip last month I bought sweet onions buy one five pound bag for $4 get one bag free … Continue reading

May 4, 2017 · 23 Comments

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome/Myalgic Encephalomyelitis

Right after the new babies were born I got sick and was down for several days.  I just barley got out of bed to drink something, take some tylenol, go … Continue reading

April 14, 2017 · 24 Comments

Three days of food pickups

Food bank day was Tuesday, senior commodities on Wednesday, and grocery day on Thursday.  My fridge is packed.  I don’t really like food happening all at once but that may … Continue reading

February 18, 2017 · 13 Comments

Carrot Pie

I had several requests to give the recipe for carrot pie so here it is.  This recipe is good for when you get those cans of carrots in the food … Continue reading

January 3, 2017 · 3 Comments

Frugal Diabetic – update

Let me give you a bit of the history for the new readers.  A lot of this is covered in my blog series called frugal diabetic.  I had spent a … Continue reading

December 12, 2016 · 26 Comments

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