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.

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

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