Na Na pinches her pennies

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.

City sewer construction has started

The safety fences went up this week. Its just six feet from my steps. The trees in some of the back yards will be cut down starting on Monday. I’m … Continue reading

October 29, 2022

Winter is coming

We can’t stop nature. Winter will be here sooner that we think. Are you ready? I’m not. Well, not completely. I’m worried but not panicked about the rising cost of … Continue reading

October 23, 2022 · 16 Comments

Word of warning for canning newbies

And long time canning people too.  I knew there might be a shortage of canning supplies because of all the newbie gardeners but I never suspected the complete disappearance of everything.  … Continue reading

August 25, 2020 · 18 Comments

Realistic stockpiling

The virus panic has people rushing out to stores to buy stupid amounts of everything.   I heard a man complaining loudly there wasn’t any chicken or ground beef.  I didn’t … Continue reading

March 15, 2020 · 36 Comments

Canning pickle beets

I created another video as I learn more about the process of editing videos for youtube.  One more small step in the learning process.  Have a look and let me … Continue reading

November 12, 2019 · 8 Comments

This and that

Back in June I had posted about trying some flavor packets for water and how yucky those had been because they contained Aspartame. I posted about freezing bottled lemon juice … Continue reading

July 29, 2019 · 24 Comments

No more rusting canning jar rings

This morning as I waited for my pressure canner to cool so I could remove the jars of freshly canned sweet potatoes I decided to get on the internet for … Continue reading

November 26, 2018 · 9 Comments

Apple jackpot

A few days ago I took my SIL to her doctor appointment.  She doesn’t drive but they have a car.  I drive but don’t have a car.  Works for both … Continue reading

April 9, 2018 · 18 Comments

Canning potatoes

Thanks to my sister I finally managed to get to a mobile food bank.  Its too difficult to get to the food bank by bus with a baby and a … Continue reading

October 16, 2017 · 26 Comments

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


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

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