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.

Spectrum update

Would the people who have been praying for snow and rain please stop.  I think we’ve had enough for awhile.  Mother Nature has said its time for spring. On Saturday … Continue reading

February 25, 2019 · 20 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

Water saving tip

When I was a child we didn’t have running water in the house.  We had a well and barrels to catch water off the roof during rain.  Every bit of … Continue reading

June 12, 2017 · 22 Comments

Growing old is hell

Today, memorial day, I remember my sons who have passed.  I remember relatives too but its my grandmother that dominates my thoughts today.   Grandma Mama. My mother was mentally ill and … Continue reading

May 29, 2017 · 23 Comments

Holiday greetings!

Whichever holiday you celebrate I wish you to have a good one!  We celebrate Christmas here. An online friend gifted me with a used lap-top that I absolutely love.  I’m … Continue reading

December 25, 2016 · 33 Comments

$20 a month grocery budget – two

I had been thinking about all the cleaning products people buy.  Laundry soaps and fabric softeners.  Dish detergents.  Floor and window cleaners.  Shampoos and rinses.  Heck there is even a … Continue reading

December 2, 2016 · 19 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

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

That god called money

My mother was a mental patient all her life starting from age 16.  She was in and out of state run facilities many times when I was young.  That’s why … Continue reading

June 13, 2016 · 21 Comments

Frugal diabetic – five

Before I started my WW2 diet plan I had been testing my sugar levels once or twice a day at different times throughout the day.   First thing in the … Continue reading

June 12, 2016 · 16 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

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

Female role model

Sometimes things just simply bug me. Here is a quote from an email I got yesterday.  I get emails like this all the time.  Is it legitimate or is it … Continue reading

October 8, 2015 · 8 Comments

Wearing patches

Grandma Mama had a saying about wearing clothes with patches on them.  “There is no disgrace in wearing a patch but there is a big disgrace in wearing a hole.” … Continue reading

August 20, 2015 · 6 Comments

T-shirt make over

This is the other shirt I found at the free clothes closet.  I didn’t really care that it had a logo on the front. I cut up the sides like … Continue reading

August 12, 2015 · 4 Comments

T-shirt make over

I’ve been posting a lot about food lately but there other things I do to survive with little income.  One of the things my Grandma Mama did when I was … Continue reading

August 8, 2015 · 6 Comments

Menu planning

First I’ll explain why I don’t pre-plan meals and then I’ll explain what I do instead.  However you do your meal planning is what works for YOU.  This is the … Continue reading

July 6, 2015 · 11 Comments

Happy Mother’s Day

I want to wish my readers a very happy mother’s day. That includes the male readers who are a mother too.  My day was quiet and full of thoughts about … Continue reading

May 10, 2015 · 5 Comments

Fake ham spread

This is a very old recipe from WW2.  You make it with bologna or hot dogs instead of actual ham.  Many households back then used spam to make this spread. … Continue reading

April 8, 2015


When I was a child our playground equipment was trees.  Trees to climb on or to swing from or  to hide behind in hide and seek games.  Sometimes we were … Continue reading

January 29, 2015 · 2 Comments

Make do and mend shoes

When I was a child my shoes were always hand me downs from older cousins.  Boy or girl we wore the same shoes.  Most of the time our shoes were … Continue reading

January 21, 2015 · 3 Comments

Saute express DIY

You ever use those saute express things?  Do you know what they are made from?  It’s butter, oil, and spices.  All of it put into neat little expensive packages for … Continue reading

May 6, 2014 · 4 Comments

Wild food foraging

When I was young my Grandma Mama would go on long walks looking for wild edible foods.  She would take me with her and she would teach me what was … Continue reading

May 4, 2014

Grandma Mama’s flat broke foods

I remember a few cooking lessons from my Grandma Mama about the importance of keeping certain foods in my pantry.  She didn’t call them emergency rations but that’s sort of … Continue reading

April 26, 2014

Energy diet

My household budget is feeling rather strained because the cost of just about everything has gone up.  The costs have risen much faster than my income.  There is also uncertainty … Continue reading

October 11, 2013

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