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.

Electronic devices are making our young STUPID

I have noticed for a few years that the young generation is not being taught to think for themselves.  The electronic devices do all the thinking for them so they … Continue reading

July 16, 2017 · 19 Comments

Water saving progress

I sure wish I could read the water meter but those are kept cleverly hidden underground and not visible to the homeowner.  I wouldn’t know how to read it anyway. … Continue reading

June 25, 2017 · 37 Comments

Do I need a tin foil hat?

Just when I feel as if I’ve gotten my financial life in balance and running smoothly, something costs more.  These days the sticker shocks and sucker punch fees are coming … Continue reading

May 27, 2017 · 26 Comments

Telling lies

Tell a lie a hundred times and it becomes the truth.  (Goebbels, 1939, propaganda minister for Adolph Hitler) A lie unchallenged becomes truth within 24 hours.   (Willie Brown, California … Continue reading

March 17, 2017 · 23 Comments

Just in time food

Have you ever heard of the just in time food distribution system?  It’s the way empty store shelves are refilled just in time for new shoppers.  Produce is picked, processed, … Continue reading

February 9, 2017 · 12 Comments

Affordable solar electricity

I was given some information about a website called “solar over Louisville” from someone.  I can’t remember who gave it to me or where.  It must have been something I … Continue reading

September 17, 2016 · 8 Comments

Dollar store economy

I hear or read stories of rich folks pretending to be poor in order to prove that all the poor folks need do is simply budget better or educate themselves … Continue reading

May 21, 2016 · 20 Comments

Tar babies

If you are not familiar with the Uncle Remus story of the tar baby its a folklore tale written in the 1800s about Br’er fox who creates a baby out … Continue reading

April 2, 2016 · 14 Comments

Food banks should be like grocery stores

I may not get to a food bank for awhile but I can still talk about them.  Going to a food bank here in my area you have no choice … Continue reading

January 12, 2016 · 9 Comments

I think I’ll live

Its terrible to be sick on one’s birthday like I was.  The last few days have been pretty rough but the worst is over now. I’ve gone through two boxes … Continue reading

January 8, 2016 · 10 Comments

Financial adviser for the poor

Where are the financial advisers for the poor or low incomed or those living on social security?  I don’t mean someone who is salesman slick, works on commission, and is … Continue reading

December 18, 2015 · 19 Comments

The poverty trap

Do you know what the poverty trap is? A poverty trap is a situation in which someone would have even less money by becoming employed (or getting a promotion) because … Continue reading

December 14, 2015 · 12 Comments

Re-using plastic bags

In today’s economy we poor must find savings, even micro saving, where we can.  I re-use plastic bags over and over many times. I read about people throwing away plastic bags … Continue reading

September 15, 2015 · 16 Comments

ATT billing trick?

Could this be a new form of electronic short sizing? Hmm…. how to describe it?  Ok, I pay my phone bill on time with a paper check.  The check is … Continue reading

August 29, 2015 · 6 Comments

Not a scam afterall

I found out that the letter and the phone call from my insurance company were legitimate. It was the wording that had me confused and cautious.  I listened to the … Continue reading

July 25, 2015 · 6 Comments

Grocery store advertising tricks

Do you make a grocery list using store ads to save money?  Have you ever really looked at the store ads and spotted the ways they trick you into making … Continue reading

July 13, 2015 · 9 Comments

Preparing for rough times

Until a couple of days ago I hadn’t realized how negative my blog may read at times. I try to convey my thoughts and observations with positive words but sometimes … Continue reading

July 10, 2015 · 18 Comments

Are bad times ahead

Submitted on 2015/07/07 at 7:40 AM by NaNa, I am interested in your comment about hard times coming. I know other frugality blog writers I read seem to be feeling the … Continue reading

July 8, 2015 · 17 Comments

Shrinkflation or what?

When I was young cans of veggies and fruits came in 25 ounce cans.  Then the cans shrank to 20 ounce size.  Still later to 15 and I believe a … Continue reading

May 21, 2015 · 8 Comments

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