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

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

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome/Myalgic Encephalomyelitis

Right after the new babies were born I got sick and was down for several days.  I just barley got out of bed to drink something, take some tylenol, go … Continue reading

April 14, 2017 · 24 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

Frugal Diabetic – update

Let me give you a bit of the history for the new readers.  A lot of this is covered in my blog series called frugal diabetic.  I had spent a … Continue reading

December 12, 2016 · 26 Comments

Food banks and discount bins

I always get really quiet on my blog during a holiday.  I kept myself busy in the kitchen and sorting more stuff.  So let me tell you what I’ve gotten … Continue reading

November 27, 2016 · 43 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

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

Saving energy in winter

Since this is my first winter in this house and I really don’t know what to expect I’ve been worried about paying high energy bills as well as a mortgage … Continue reading

October 22, 2016 · 13 Comments

Build a pantry

This is not about building with lumber and organizers. Its about stocking a pantry that fits YOUR style and tastes. Let me remind you that I’m not a nutritionist or … Continue reading

October 15, 2016 · 15 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

Clo value insulation

Fall sneaked up on me when I wasn’t looking.  Yikes!  I’m not yet prepared.  Gotta get myself in gear and get going. Have you ever heard of the Clo-value?  It’s … Continue reading

October 3, 2016 · 7 Comments

Mix and match cake recipe

My Grandma Mama would make what she called mix and match foods.  Mix and match is a method of cooking rather than a recipe. For example; stir fry is a … Continue reading

September 12, 2016 · 4 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

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 expenses snowball

Have you ever heard of the debt reduction snowball?  If not, let me explain that it is a way to reduce debt by paying off the smallest debt, taking the … Continue reading

August 22, 2016 · 22 Comments

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