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.


If you need to email me the address is:

estesanita at bellsouth dot net


33 comments on “CONTACT ME

  1. Carol
    February 1, 2018

    Hi NaNa, Can you recommend a simple food processor for me to buy, say, at Walmart or Target? I’ve always thought they were super expensive with a lot of attachments and costing BIG bucks.
    Yes, I too am very frugal with water, lights and everything. For sure I pay strict attention to everything you write about.

    Thank you so much,

    Love you tons,


    • Anita
      February 2, 2018

      It depends on what you plan to use it for. My daughter bought a very simple one from the Dollar store for about ten dollars that she uses to rough chop food. It is really small but does a good job for the price. I bought my kitchen-aid food processor at a thrift store, still in the box, about nine years ago. It was a very lucky find. Thank you Carol. We frugal folks need to help each other.

  2. jestjack
    June 22, 2017

    Dear Nana, Thank you for a pleasant blog. Your “wit and wisdom” so reminds me of my Dear Grandmother Ola. She was frugal…(poor)….but never complained but rather found ways to cope. She was a capable gardener and I can NEVER remember her buying vegetable seeds. She was “green” before green was a thing….conserving water…electricity….heat….you name it. I use some of her frugal hacks to this day. Thanks once more for your blog!

    • Anita
      June 23, 2017

      What kind thoughts you gave me. I’m glad you like my writing. The thing is, had someone not pointed out to me that I was actually a poor person I might never have known it. In my day everybody we knew was poor so there wasn’t anything to compare with. We had no name for our way of living as there is today. It was just life as we knew it. Glad to have you reading.

      • jestjack
        June 23, 2017

        I swear Miss Anita….GM Ola said that very thing…That they were poor and didn’t know it cause everybody else was in the same boat…My goodness that lady could cook and it was amazing what vegetables she grew out of a little plot of ground. And she wasted NOTHING…. Thanks once more for your blog…

        • Anita
          June 26, 2017

          Hmm… the one thing all us older grandmas know is that no matter how bad life might seem, it can always feel better by at least one good thing happening each day. We call it either dinner or supper. 😉

  3. mem37814
    January 3, 2017

    moving into a different home is costly but doing a little at a time will get you there to saving pennies..

  4. mem37814mildred
    January 1, 2017

    I have a hot water timer connected to my hot water tank by my son who is an electrician that has a clock timer u can set to allow your water to heat at a certain time an for a certain length of time..It cost around $20 at Lowe’s or Home Depo. I heat my water for 2 hrs/day an it holds heat for me the rest of the day. I wash clothes in cold water and do all colors together since u suggested.. thanks

    • Anita
      January 3, 2017

      I had one of the timers at my old house. I plan to get one of them as soon as I’ve saved enough money. $20 is a whole month’s grocery budget. Not a complaint, just how it is until I get back to work.

  5. Sue
    November 18, 2016

    I am new to your blog and I am loving it. I too am an old lady living on limited income. I choose to make finding frugal ways to do things a game of “I can beat that” for the things I need. You are helping keep me inspired. Thank you.

    • Anita
      November 19, 2016

      Hi Sue, glad to have you here. I like your idea of I can beat that. Its what we are all doing but you put it into words.

  6. Melinda
    November 17, 2016

    I love what you said to people who don’t like something you write in your blog. Exactly! It’s YOUR blog! I love your blog by the way!

  7. mem37814
    May 27, 2016

    I found their card-WHOLESALE LIQUIDATION,423 353 42330,813 n cumberland st, 37814,closed on sunday

    • Anita
      May 27, 2016

      We have those discount prescription cards here as well. The pharmacy’s have them at the check out counters to give out. Different company but the same program. It’s only good for those with no prescription coverage at all. I do have medicare part D so the cards don’t work for me. Thanks for the suggestion though.

  8. mem37814
    May 27, 2016

    I live in Morristown,tn. 37814..the $10 Store is located on Cumberland Street. They receive shipments daily.
    I have a friend who lives in a tiny house in Ky. who gathers from her yard-clover blooms,to dry,crush,stores in a mason jar and when she brews her tea w/ honey. She is collecting plantin plant to dry,freeze an use in soups this winter. She is also collecting wild onions to cook, eat raw or freeze.. I have not tried these..
    let me know if I can b of help in any way

    • Anita
      May 27, 2016

      Too bad I live so far away or I’d visit that store. I’ve gathered wild foods before. Foraging can be fun but its not a good idea to do it in the city where there are so many chemicals on lawns and in parks. Even if someone doesn’t use chemicals themselves it can be carried on the wind from other lawns.

  9. mem37814
    May 26, 2016

    Anita, I am using Humana Walmart pharmacy.The cost/month is taken from my social security check. I am on about 7 medicines/month and there is no cost for these meds. If I have to have an antibiotic etc. then I have a co pay..I am writing this in the hopes that it might help u cut your cost. We have a Wholesale Food Outlet that has a banana box u can fill for $10. Wish u were here for it.U can get fresh produce for the box also. Keep up the good work an praying your teeth pulling goes well.

    • Anita
      May 27, 2016

      Where is that wholesale outlet? What is it called? The pulling and bone surgery is all done, just waiting for the healing to finish before getting fitted with the new teeth. Health care coverage (good or bad) depends on which place a person lives and the insurance deal worked with that state. Coverage will change each time there is a new contract negotiation.

  10. richard
    March 27, 2016

    Re: washing and reusing plastic bags – soap does not kill anything. It only aids in floating oily things away in water. It is what we call a surface active agent (surfactant). One end of the molecule likes water, the other likes oil.

    • Anita
      March 27, 2016

      But vinegar does and I use it in the wash.

      • mem37814
        April 6, 2016

        I use a few dropps of bleach in my dish rinse water to kill germs.

        • Anita
          April 6, 2016

          Bleach is too harsh for my skin so I use vinegar. Vinegar also makes my dishes sparkle.

  11. Jackie
    December 24, 2015

    Merry Christmas, Anita! All the best to you in the coming year!

  12. Susan W
    June 22, 2015

    I have read and enjoyed every single one of your posts! You have made me remember my own Grandma, who did many of the same things you and your Grandma Mama did, and encouraged me to go back to basics and do more canning and plain food cooking, and pay more attention to my pennies.

    I am a pastor at a small, rural church, and my family’s income is limited — you and your blog have given me the inspiration to live a simpler, more frugal, more thankful life.

    Thank you!

    • Na Na
      June 22, 2015

      Thank you. That is the nicest compliment and shows you understand the intent of my blog. No matter how bad things look, we can be thankful for something. When someone ask me “how are you today” I always answer, I woke up this morning and I’m thankful. When my days are clouded with troubles I am always thankful for that.

  13. Amy
    May 18, 2015

    NaNa, your blog has inspired me to become an advocate for my local food bank. Is it alright if I pass along some of your wisdome and your information?

    • Na Na
      May 18, 2015

      Sure, of course Amy, be my guest. That is why I write my blog. I’m putting the information out there so anyone can read and do the same things. I’ve tried telling the folks that distribute at our food bank and no one is interested. They think I’m some kind of kook. I’d love to know if anyone there likes what you tell them or if you get the same reaction.

      • Amy
        July 3, 2015

        You know Anita, I did a big post after going to our local Compassion Food Bank, and I would like to think it was well received. People keep asking for weekly menus, which I tried to do, now I will ask you, will you give us fans an example of a week’s menu? I am most anxious!!

        • Na Na
          July 6, 2015

          My reply was too long to be a comment so I wrote a blog post. I’d be interested in what you think of my way.

  14. Amy
    May 10, 2015

    Happy Mother’s Day NaNa/Anita.

  15. Frugalwarrior2
    March 30, 2015

    Just wanted to let you know your blog is appreciated. I have read each post. I was searching to go even deeper into frugality after hubbys job loss about 2 mo.ago.
    I got the spray bottles for cooking oil and paid $2/2. Cant wait to try that. Hate paying for cooking spray.I wish you were my neighbor because I would appreciate canning lessons. People like to wag their tongues about people misusing assistance programs need to read your blog..

    • Na Na
      April 1, 2015

      I thank you. I hope I can keep giving fresh new ideas instead of simply repeating what others have already said.

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