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.

Interesting documentaries

Mary Jane commented about a documentary film she had seen about store backroom practices.  Her comment had me curious to see it too because I remember seeing a news report … Continue reading

October 19, 2017 · 20 Comments

What are we eating?

It seems that nearly everyone is writing about or talking about the snow storm in the mid-west and along the east coast.  Maybe you are like me and a bit … Continue reading

January 22, 2016 · 9 Comments

ATT billing trick?

Could this be a new form of electronic short sizing? Hmm…. how to describe it?  Ok, I pay my phone bill on time with a paper check.  The check is … Continue reading

August 29, 2015 · 6 Comments

Grocery store advertising tricks

Do you make a grocery list using store ads to save money?  Have you ever really looked at the store ads and spotted the ways they trick you into making … Continue reading

July 13, 2015 · 9 Comments

Shrinkflation or what?

When I was young cans of veggies and fruits came in 25 ounce cans.  Then the cans shrank to 20 ounce size.  Still later to 15 and I believe a … Continue reading

May 21, 2015 · 8 Comments

Short sizing

Short sizing = the practice of shrinking packages or contents while keeping the price the same.   Shrinkflation = smaller but just as expensive. A sneaky way of raising prices … Continue reading

May 18, 2015 · 10 Comments

Birds won’t eat it

I sometimes put out stale bread bits for the birds to eat.  I haven’t baked a loaf of bread for three or four weeks so this past week I picked … Continue reading

April 19, 2015 · 5 Comments

Make a little go a long way

Oh my how irritated I would get when I heard those words from Grandma Mama or any other female who wanted to impart some of their cooking wisdom on me … Continue reading

September 19, 2014 · 5 Comments

Yikes! Cauliflower $12 per head

A few days ago I thought maybe I’d make some fried cauliflower and put it in the freezer.  I had used the last that I had a couple of months … Continue reading

November 29, 2013

Are we being dupped?

I know the sales, advertising, and manufacturing industry does all kinds of things to empty our wallets.  It’s a constant vigil to keep ahead of the tricks of the trade … Continue reading

November 25, 2013 · 2 Comments

Fake eggs

I watched a news report a few days ago about a group of scientists who have found a substitute for an egg.  An EGG!  So what’s wrong with using the … Continue reading

October 18, 2013

Short sizing tricks

I believe by now almost everyone has become aware how beef has become very expensive.   Partly due to the drought of last year and partly because a lot of … Continue reading

June 23, 2013

Modern day rationing part two

What if rationing did suddenly happen today like it happened during and after WW2?  Would you survive?  Sure you would.  We did. Today many factors effect our food supply such … Continue reading

June 22, 2013

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