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

Canning jar mop

Grandma Mama had a jar mop made with rags tacked to the end of a short tree branch Grandpa Papa had made smooth with a carving knife.  I wash lots … Continue reading

May 19, 2017 · 8 Comments

I’m still here

You may have wondered why I haven’t posted in the last few days.  Well, as I wrote in an earlier post that I went back to doing quilting work.  But, … Continue reading

March 5, 2017 · 16 Comments

Stocking a pantry

Creating a pantry is simply the storage of something while its abundant and cheap to last through times of scarcity and high prices until the next season of abundance.  Its … Continue reading

February 24, 2017 · 8 Comments

Mobile food bank and my pantry

I live at the intersection of very little money and unexpected happens.  Its not easy to make ends meet here.  I lived for many years in a food desert in … Continue reading

February 13, 2017 · 13 Comments

Just in time food

Have you ever heard of the just in time food distribution system?  It’s the way empty store shelves are refilled just in time for new shoppers.  Produce is picked, processed, … Continue reading

February 9, 2017 · 12 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

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

Reasons to stockpile a pantry

The pantry principle has been around since…. at least in biblical times? Correct me if I’m wrong but when Joseph suggested the storing of seven years of excess grain to … Continue reading

October 11, 2016 · 10 Comments

Organizing a kitchen drawer

I needed to do something to start organizing so I’d start feeling more at home here. I function better when I can find the thing I need when I need … Continue reading

September 22, 2016 · 15 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 diabetic – nine

Sorry that I’ve been slow in posting on this blog.  I’ve had to concentrate on settling into this new house. As a diabetic I’ve been told I should plan my … Continue reading

July 31, 2016 · 12 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

What next?

The furry kid and I are asleep.  He’s making tiny sleep barks and chasing some sleepy time creature.  I had a really good dream going on too.  When I’m awakened … Continue reading

July 10, 2016 · 6 Comments

Dollar store economy

I hear or read stories of rich folks pretending to be poor in order to prove that all the poor folks need do is simply budget better or educate themselves … Continue reading

May 21, 2016 · 20 Comments

Moving soon

I’m so excited!  I have a house picked out.  I’ve been approved for the loan.  I have a buyer for my current house.  I have someone to move my quilting … Continue reading

May 14, 2016 · 26 Comments

Wearing patched clothes

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

May 7, 2016 · 12 Comments

Something stinks

I kept getting a whiff of an awful smell when I’d walk through my kitchen.  I blamed my furry kid because it smelled sort of like dog urine.  I admit … Continue reading

April 25, 2016 · 6 Comments

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