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.

Twenty pounds of onions

What would you do with twenty pounds of onions?  On my shopping trip last month I bought sweet onions buy one five pound bag for $4 get one bag free … Continue reading

May 4, 2017 · 23 Comments

Three days of food pickups

Food bank day was Tuesday, senior commodities on Wednesday, and grocery day on Thursday.  My fridge is packed.  I don’t really like food happening all at once but that may … Continue reading

February 18, 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

Happy holiday

Hoping all the readers have a really nice holiday with lots of good food, family, friends, happiness, and love.

November 24, 2016 · 8 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

Pomelos

I found pomelos in the discount bin this week.  The regular price is is between $4 and $6 each but I got them for fifty cents apiece.  Had they not … Continue reading

February 13, 2016 · 5 Comments

Canning oranges

Halo brand oranges were on sale last week and it was also senior discount day.  I bought 20 pounds for $14.  I canned them over the weekend. Didn’t lemons and … Continue reading

February 9, 2016 · 11 Comments

Kitchen weekend six

Yup, its the sixth weekend in 2016. Weekends are for canning and baking since I’m not babysitting those days. The kitchen is after doing some quilting work first. I was rather … Continue reading

February 8, 2016 · 7 Comments

Jelly alternative

I remember Grandma Mama would often use fruit as an alternative to sugar in her cooking because she had learned to use them when sugar was scarce.  I’ve been using … Continue reading

January 12, 2016 · 5 Comments

Canning beans

I was feeling better but not quite ready to work at the quilting machine.  I thought some canning would get me going again.  I hadn’t been to the food bank … Continue reading

November 30, 2015 · 9 Comments

Canning and canning

I’m at the end of the Christmas rush on quilting which leaves me with very little computer time.  I have 4 more quilts and it will be over for a … Continue reading

November 12, 2015 · 7 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

Chili weather

A few days ago the weather was rather cold.  Not winter time cold but cold enough to think about making chili.  I went to the pantry to get a jar … Continue reading

October 5, 2015 · 8 Comments

Organized freezer

A major part of my food storage is an upright freezer.  Maybe the way I organize mine will give you ideas for how to organize your own freezer.  If you … Continue reading

October 3, 2015 · 16 Comments

Diabetes and food bank foods

I had a doctor appointment last week.  My sugar is down more, my cholesterol is down more, and I lost 12 pounds.  About a pound a week.  I forget what … Continue reading

September 28, 2015 · 17 Comments

Putting groceries away

A man staggers into his home panting, sweating, and exhausted. His wife looks at him with concern and asks…. what’s wrong honey? The man smiles and says…. I just ran … Continue reading

September 13, 2015 · 6 Comments

Fixing my freezer

My upright “frost free” freezer has been giving me the blues.  There is a buildup of ice at the bottom I can’t explain.  A frost free should not have any … Continue reading

September 12, 2015 · 6 Comments

Food bank radishes

I wasn’t able to go to the food bank this past week but my neighbors did. They gave me these extras from their stuff.  I appreciate any fresh produce.  What … Continue reading

August 2, 2015 · 2 Comments

I’ve been canning again

You know how ground beef recipes will say “brown the beef” at the beginning?  Well, I like making sure the beef is already browned and waiting for the rest of the … Continue reading

July 3, 2015 · 3 Comments

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