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.

Black ice update

A quick post to say my daughter has had her last surgery.  The bars are removed and a metal plate was inserted.  She now has a temporary soft cast until … Continue reading

December 10, 2018 · 13 Comments

Dangerous black ice

My daughter took a bad fall on black ice a few days ago.  Her leg is broken in four places just above her ankle.  I’ve been back and forth between … Continue reading

November 29, 2018 · 16 Comments

Power out again

Dang!  Dang!  Dang!  I can’t seem to catch a break with the power these days.  Does anyone know how to get rid of bad ju-ju?  I need a break from … Continue reading

November 18, 2018 · 17 Comments

Should you be a prepper

With all the news reports of trade wars and nuclear threats and the chicken necking going on between world leaders my daughter asked if I thought she should become a … Continue reading

May 5, 2018 · 30 Comments

Is it spring yet?

On the first day of spring we had this.  The weather report today says we can expect more snow this evening.  One day its warm and the next day very … Continue reading

April 8, 2018 · 11 Comments

Reducing my water bill more

The whole city of Cape Town South Africa said it would be completely out of water by April 22, 2018.  What will be done if there is no water at … Continue reading

January 18, 2018 · 37 Comments

No longer a hoarder

I am not a doomsday prepper but I do prepare for short term emergencies and weather related power outages.  I do have tendencies toward hoarding.  Hoarding things is common among … Continue reading

November 7, 2017 · 23 Comments

Feeling better

I think I’m finally at a turning point and getting over this illness.  (knock on wood)  Its hard to believe such a sweet pretty little baby girl with sniffles could … Continue reading

October 26, 2017 · 18 Comments

Heat wave

Like the rest of the country we have been in a heat wave.  At 4 am the temperature inside my house would be 82 degrees.  The actual outside temps during … Continue reading

July 27, 2017 · 6 Comments

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

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