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.

I’ve had surgery

I suffered with a kidney stone.  For three days I waited, taking pain pills, believing the stone would pass.  I do drink water but apparently not enough to keep the … Continue reading

June 11, 2017 · 32 Comments

Do I need a tin foil hat?

Just when I feel as if I’ve gotten my financial life in balance and running smoothly, something costs more.  These days the sticker shocks and sucker punch fees are coming … Continue reading

May 27, 2017 · 26 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

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

New lights and surge protectors

I’m slowly getting my new nest in order.  There are still several boxes left to empty and lots of organizing to do.  It will take time but its also a … Continue reading

July 22, 2016 · 10 Comments

Freezing whipping cream

I came across a really good bargain a couple of days ago.  I found 4 one quart containers of whipping cream marked 90% off. At first I was thinking about … Continue reading

October 18, 2015 · 5 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

Preparing for rough times

Until a couple of days ago I hadn’t realized how negative my blog may read at times. I try to convey my thoughts and observations with positive words but sometimes … Continue reading

July 10, 2015 · 18 Comments

Are bad times ahead

Submitted on 2015/07/07 at 7:40 AM by NaNa, I am interested in your comment about hard times coming. I know other frugality blog writers I read seem to be feeling the … Continue reading

July 8, 2015 · 17 Comments

A decision to make

The last time I visited my mother, on Friday, she was in her wheelchair at the dining table sound asleep.  Nothing I did would rouse her for more than a … Continue reading

June 14, 2015 · 12 Comments

About my canning and my blog

Yes, I really do get and use food bank food.  I’m talking about the fresh produce from the mobile food bank; not the emergency food one gets from a food … Continue reading

May 30, 2015 · 10 Comments

Canning ground beef and sausage

The price of beef has gotten so high that I’ve almost given up on buying it anymore.  I feel as if I need to get a second mortgage on the … Continue reading

April 21, 2015

Frozen water

I pride myself on being prepared for weather emergencies.  Usually. I had cooked extra foods that can be eaten cold just in case the power went out.  I had charged … Continue reading

February 17, 2015 · 5 Comments

Was I prepared

Last night.  The coldest night of the year for us.  Single digit temperatures and way below zero with the wind chill factor.  It was right after I finished eating my … Continue reading

January 10, 2015 · 2 Comments

Food bank food

If you haven’t realized by now then let me explain I rely alot on food bank foods.  No I don’t mean the donated canned food found in church donation pantries. … Continue reading

December 19, 2014

Window quilt instructions

I got a couple of emails asking for directions to make the window quilts.  Ok, it’s very simple.  Use whatever type blanket, comforter, quilted fabric, or plain fabric you want … Continue reading

November 22, 2014

No wonder I was cold

I’ve seen the stories on the news about some areas in the USA getting five and six feet of snow or more.  Wow, I realized that amount would be over … Continue reading

November 21, 2014 · 1 Comment

Door snakes and draft dodgers

I read someone’s blog not too long ago and the person was hoping to find a solution to a gap above a door.  They couldn’t alter the door because it … Continue reading

November 9, 2014

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