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.

Farmer’s market

The downed tree finally got cleaned up. I went to the new neighborhood farmer’s market yesterday.  I bought two cucumbers, 50 cents each; two tomatoes 1.50 each; two peppers 50 … Continue reading

June 10, 2018 · 24 Comments

Food box to replace SNAP

I’ve been sick from what I think was from eating fast food.  I took Ladybug to a restraunt so she could eat inside like a big girl.  The food itself … Continue reading

March 25, 2018 · 46 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

Water saving stuff

Remember how I had a drip in the kitchen faucet and would catch the drips in a bucket to use it instead of letting it go down the drain?  During … Continue reading

March 4, 2018 · 26 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

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

What is Obama Care

There are some readers from other countries who may be wondering what is the big commotion over Obama Care.  So I’ll tell you my understanding of what it is.  Number one is … Continue reading

November 18, 2017 · 43 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

Prepare for cold weather

I’ve been resting and taking care of myself while feeling guilty that necessary work is not getting done.  Last night I kept thinking about all the things I should be … Continue reading

October 29, 2017 · 26 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

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

Water saving progress

I sure wish I could read the water meter but those are kept cleverly hidden underground and not visible to the homeowner.  I wouldn’t know how to read it anyway. … Continue reading

June 25, 2017 · 37 Comments

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 · 25 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

Less grid living

Going completely off grid is not an option for me.  The expense of solar panels and all that that entails is way beyond my limited budget.   Also, some off … Continue reading

May 21, 2017 · 18 Comments

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