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.

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

Modern day rationing

Currently my internet and home phone combined is from $71.93 a month.  This is a promotion and will end in June.  Also, ATT put notice on the January bill that … Continue reading

March 12, 2018 · 33 Comments

No donation buttons

I’ve come to the point when I’ve almost run out of free WordPress photo storage.  I have 1% left which is about a dozen photos.  I don’t think this blog … Continue reading

February 17, 2018 · 34 Comments

Reducing my water bill more

The whole city of Cape Town South Africa said it would be completely out of water by April 22, 2018.  What will be done if there is no water at … Continue reading

January 18, 2018 · 37 Comments

Reducing water bill again

When the weather reporters started saying the temperatures would be going below freezing they also told people to let faucets drip to prevent water pipes from freezing.  Well, I had … Continue reading

January 16, 2018 · 15 Comments

My never ending to do list

Several years ago I had to face the fact that my memory isn’t going to improve as I grow older so I started using lists.  When my mind is focused … Continue reading

January 9, 2018 · 14 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

Secret shopper scams

Just checking in to let you know I’m still around.  This week is the really big crunch to finish up Christmas projects.  I’ll be back writing frugal living and food … Continue reading

December 13, 2017 · 12 Comments

Today’s water bill

I’m doing the Snoopy happy dance today after opening my water bill.   If you don’t know, the water company bills every other month using multiples of 1,000 gallons.  Use from … Continue reading

November 9, 2017 · 42 Comments

No longer a hoarder

I am not a doomsday prepper but I do prepare for short term emergencies and weather related power outages.  I do have tendencies toward hoarding.  Hoarding things is common among … Continue reading

November 7, 2017 · 23 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

Interesting documentaries

Mary Jane commented about a documentary film she had seen about store backroom practices.  Her comment had me curious to see it too because I remember seeing a news report … Continue reading

October 19, 2017 · 20 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

This is so ghetto

When I moved out of the crime ridden ghetto into this much quieter neighborhood I made myself a promise.  I would rid myself of all the years and years of … Continue reading

September 21, 2017 · 28 Comments

Are food prices getting lower

One of the blog readers emailed a link to me where there was a discussion about seeing food prices getting lower.  I thought I’d write what I’ve seen in stores … Continue reading

September 10, 2017 · 39 Comments

Honey mushrooms

I’ve been told these are a delicious wild mushroom.  The name comes from the color, not the flavor.  I first noticed them last year soon after I move to this … Continue reading

September 6, 2017 · 13 Comments

Gotta brag a little

I got one of those energy profile letters from our utility company in the mail yesterday and I was shocked.  You can click the photo to make it larger for … Continue reading

August 6, 2017 · 31 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

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