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.

Non-electric air conditioner

I saw the news reports of the extremely high 120 degree heat in the southwest USA.  I do hope readers living in those areas stay safe and stay cool.  I … Continue reading

June 20, 2017 · 11 Comments

Hay box cooking

Grandma Mama had no electricity and cooked with a wood stove.  During the really hot summer days she would sometimes use a small outside fire and a hay box to … Continue reading

June 14, 2017 · 30 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

Less grid living

Going completely off grid is not an option for me.  The expense of solar panels and all that that entails is way beyond my limited budget.   Also, some off … Continue reading

May 21, 2017 · 18 Comments

Renting solar panels

Our local utility company asked the public service commission for a raise on costs of 9.54% on electricity and 4.96% on gas.  They always get what they request.  This means … Continue reading

January 20, 2017 · 18 Comments

Energy saving ideas again

Even the tiniest amount of energy savings are important when funds are limited.  Using the energy saving items and ways that I’ve already done; I was able to decrease my … Continue reading

November 14, 2016 · 16 Comments

More energy saving ideas

I guess everyone already knows closing room doors and shutting off vents in unused rooms will save energy?  That idea has been around a very long time.  Centuries.  I’ve been … Continue reading

November 9, 2016 · 8 Comments

Stack effect heat loss

You ever hear of the “stack effect” heat exchange?  In case you haven’t it’s the movement of air in and out of a house which essentially is creating large scale … Continue reading

November 6, 2016 · 12 Comments

Saving energy in winter

Since this is my first winter in this house and I really don’t know what to expect I’ve been worried about paying high energy bills as well as a mortgage … Continue reading

October 22, 2016 · 13 Comments

Clo value insulation

Fall sneaked up on me when I wasn’t looking.  Yikes!  I’m not yet prepared.  Gotta get myself in gear and get going. Have you ever heard of the Clo-value?  It’s … Continue reading

October 3, 2016 · 7 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

Baking marathon

I’m feeling a little better.  Illness always affects me much more than others.  A one day virus often has me off my feet for a week or more.  Over the … Continue reading

September 7, 2016 · 12 Comments

Another surge protector

There is another place I wanted a surge protector.  I wanted to clear up this mess on the floor from my computer.  That surge protector doesn’t hold all the plugs … Continue reading

August 25, 2016 · 13 Comments

Frugal expenses snowball

Have you ever heard of the debt reduction snowball?  If not, let me explain that it is a way to reduce debt by paying off the smallest debt, taking the … Continue reading

August 22, 2016 · 22 Comments

Dealing with carpet

I have carpet on some floors.  Many older homes had carpeting installed over nice wood flooring.  I do love wood floors.  So, I had the carpet removed from the studio … Continue reading

July 25, 2016 · 4 Comments

New lights and surge protectors

I’m slowly getting my new nest in order.  There are still several boxes left to empty and lots of organizing to do.  It will take time but its also a … Continue reading

July 22, 2016 · 10 Comments

Life with a tiny fridge

My grandparents, where I spent a great deal of my childhood, didn’t have electricity.  That meant no refrigerator.  They had a spring house for keeping foods.  A spring house is … Continue reading

March 21, 2016 · 15 Comments

A plan to save energy

I have  had a really large upright freezer. When I bought it in 2007 the idea was to stock up because of the fast increasing food and gas prices.  The … Continue reading

March 9, 2016 · 10 Comments

Cold weather prepping

My Grandma Mama had a house with walls made from cardboard and newspaper.  Similar to the walls in this photo from the library of congress. Or like this photo also … Continue reading

October 15, 2015 · 9 Comments

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