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.

November 13 – 19, 2022

Monday the tree men started cutting back the bushes next to the warehouse building along the railroad. They will be doing the construction side only. The railroad company is responsible … Continue reading

November 20, 2022 · 4 Comments

City sewer construction has started

The safety fences went up this week. Its just six feet from my steps. The trees in some of the back yards will be cut down starting on Monday. I’m … Continue reading

October 29, 2022

Winter is coming

We can’t stop nature. Winter will be here sooner that we think. Are you ready? I’m not. Well, not completely. I’m worried but not panicked about the rising cost of … Continue reading

October 23, 2022 · 16 Comments

Daily life – August 14 to 20, 2022

Sunday I spent the day relaxing and thinking about Grandma Mama’s frugal life. She was extremely frugal but not weird or extreme. Know what I mean? She taught me to … Continue reading

August 20, 2022 · 21 Comments

I don’t go hungry

Now that I’m getting the vitamin B shots I’m feeling better. I have a little more energy. However; I participated in the Shively community yard sale at the park on … Continue reading

June 27, 2022 · 4 Comments

Update on my health

Those who’ve been reading my blog for a few years will probably remember how often I’ve said “I’m so sick of being sick.” I spend half my life in bed … Continue reading

June 19, 2022 · 20 Comments

I have babies

My victory garden was planted on June 5th with plants I had bought on May 29th. I’m so blessed by my wonderful blog followers. While watering this morning I found … Continue reading

June 12, 2022 · 17 Comments

My victory garden

Over the last three weeks two occasional tips were left in my tip jar and one tip arrived by snail mail. I could hardly wait to show you what those … Continue reading

June 9, 2022 · 19 Comments

Na Na’s grocery game

Its taken me longer to do another blog post than I thought it would. Now that I’m officially retired with plenty of free time I have 100 things I want … Continue reading

May 22, 2022 · 8 Comments

Changing my eating

I’m so happy to have finally gotten my dental implants after all these years. I can finally eat the healthy foods I wasn’t able to chew for so many years. … Continue reading

May 1, 2022 · 17 Comments


I hope everyone had a good Christmas. I spent the day in the ER with kidney stones. When the news reports say the hospitals are under staffed and over loaded … Continue reading

December 31, 2021 · 20 Comments

So much STUFF

A special note before my blog post. One of the frugal living blogs I follow is Hip Roof Barn. I was shocked to read her post this morning about the … Continue reading

November 21, 2021 · 17 Comments

Nephrologist news

Dang computers! My phone, internet, and computer have all been very cantankerous for several days which has made it impossible to get this posted before now. I finally got the … Continue reading

October 10, 2021 · 8 Comments

Quilting and yard updates

Before I continue with this post let me say — HAPPY JUNETEENTH! Its now officially a federal holiday after so many years and so many people campaigning for it. I’m … Continue reading

June 18, 2021 · 5 Comments

Realistic stockpiling

The virus panic has people rushing out to stores to buy stupid amounts of everything.   I heard a man complaining loudly there wasn’t any chicken or ground beef.  I didn’t … Continue reading

March 15, 2020 · 36 Comments

Happy new year!

Many people look forward to the new year for a new start on old habits.  I don’t make resolutions; I set goals.  Ladybug gave me a nice new year/birthday wish.  … Continue reading

January 1, 2020 · 12 Comments

Financial decisions to make

I’ve been writing a blog since about 1997 or 1998.  I remember writing posts calming reader fears over Y2K.  Do you remember the Y2K days?  I remember something called Open … Continue reading

December 29, 2019 · 48 Comments

Youtube videos ARRRR!

Please be sure to read the note at the very bottom of this post.  🙂 Its so frustrating to do lots and lots of techie work only to find out … Continue reading

December 17, 2019 · 14 Comments

Beef and barley stew

I decided to use the package of the beef I got from the foodbank to make a beef and barley soup.  Well it morphed into a stew instead.  I made … Continue reading

December 8, 2019 · 17 Comments

November foodbank day

I hope everyone had a good holiday meal and time with friends and family.  I cooked the turkey at my house while my daughter made everything else at her house.  … Continue reading

November 30, 2019 · 22 Comments

It wasn’t lemons

Last week I was given a bag of lemons at the outdoor food bank.  There were 14 of them with a bright yellow color.  Funny they look orange in the … Continue reading

November 18, 2019 · 25 Comments

Canning pickle beets

I created another video as I learn more about the process of editing videos for youtube.  One more small step in the learning process.  Have a look and let me … Continue reading

November 12, 2019 · 8 Comments

Where are the turkeys?

I like baking a turkey breast for my lunch meat instead of buying deli sliced or that shrink wrapped stuff sold by the ounce.  This time of year there are … Continue reading

November 4, 2019 · 39 Comments

Pork patty chili

Cooler temperatures always means chili weather for me but the cost of ground beef is way to expensive.  Well as Grandma Mama would say; use what you have.   In the … Continue reading

October 27, 2019 · 35 Comments

First October food bank day

This time there was better and more food.  We never know what we’re going to get.  I made a short video of the food we received.  The video has another … Continue reading

October 16, 2019 · 20 Comments

Enter your email address to follow this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email.

Join 341 other followers
Follow Na Na pinches her pennies on

Down memory lane

Visitors since 7-1-2013

  • 774,039 Hits