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.

What is Obama Care

There are some readers from other countries who may be wondering what is the big commotion over Obama Care.  So I’ll tell you my understanding of what it is.  Number one is … Continue reading

November 18, 2017 · 43 Comments

Using commodity cheese

If you get commodities do you have a problem using the cheese in cooking?  Three pounds is usually more cheese than I can eat in a month so sometimes I … Continue reading

November 2, 2017 · 13 Comments

Prepare for cold weather

I’ve been resting and taking care of myself while feeling guilty that necessary work is not getting done.  Last night I kept thinking about all the things I should be … Continue reading

October 29, 2017 · 26 Comments

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

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

Trump and Jong Un

Have you been hearing about the childish insults being passed between Trump and Jong Un on the news the last couple of days?  Watching those two grumps (kids word for … Continue reading

September 22, 2017 · 17 Comments

The month from hell

For this whole month, if something could go wrong, it did.   Let me tell you about it.  My computer was still running windows xp.  It was taking about 30 minutes … Continue reading

September 18, 2017 · 28 Comments

Are food prices getting lower

One of the blog readers emailed a link to me where there was a discussion about seeing food prices getting lower.  I thought I’d write what I’ve seen in stores … Continue reading

September 10, 2017 · 39 Comments

Non-electric air conditioner

I saw the news reports of the extremely high 120 degree heat in the southwest USA.  I do hope readers living in those areas stay safe and stay cool.  I … Continue reading

June 20, 2017 · 25 Comments

Water saving tip

When I was a child we didn’t have running water in the house.  We had a well and barrels to catch water off the roof during rain.  Every bit of … Continue reading

June 12, 2017 · 22 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

My kitchen is not a trash can

Back in December I posted about how I no longer wanted to keep a trash can inside my house.  A trash can in the kitchen is like an open invitation … Continue reading

April 27, 2017 · 20 Comments

Telling lies

Tell a lie a hundred times and it becomes the truth.  (Goebbels, 1939, propaganda minister for Adolph Hitler) A lie unchallenged becomes truth within 24 hours.   (Willie Brown, California … Continue reading

March 17, 2017 · 23 Comments

Top 100 blogs scam

I got another one of those absurd comments saying I was awarded the distinction of being one of the top 100 picks for frugal living blogs from someone I’ve never … Continue reading

March 12, 2017 · 18 Comments

Stocking a pantry

Creating a pantry is simply the storage of something while its abundant and cheap to last through times of scarcity and high prices until the next season of abundance.  Its … Continue reading

February 24, 2017 · 8 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

Women unite!

Mostly I stay away from religious or political subjects but its my blog and I have a voice and I have an opinion which is going to come out now … Continue reading

January 23, 2017 · 43 Comments

Holiday greetings!

Whichever holiday you celebrate I wish you to have a good one!  We celebrate Christmas here. An online friend gifted me with a used lap-top that I absolutely love.  I’m … Continue reading

December 25, 2016 · 33 Comments

$20 a month grocery budget – two

I had been thinking about all the cleaning products people buy.  Laundry soaps and fabric softeners.  Dish detergents.  Floor and window cleaners.  Shampoos and rinses.  Heck there is even a … Continue reading

December 2, 2016 · 19 Comments

Food banks and discount bins

I always get really quiet on my blog during a holiday.  I kept myself busy in the kitchen and sorting more stuff.  So let me tell you what I’ve gotten … Continue reading

November 27, 2016 · 43 Comments

New page added

I spent some time staying warm and writing a new information page for my blog.  You can find it on the side bar or click the link to read it. … Continue reading

November 17, 2016 · 12 Comments

More energy saving ideas

I guess everyone already knows closing room doors and shutting off vents in unused rooms will save energy?  That idea has been around a very long time.  Centuries.  I’ve been … Continue reading

November 9, 2016 · 8 Comments

Stack effect heat loss

You ever hear of the “stack effect” heat exchange?  In case you haven’t it’s the movement of air in and out of a house which essentially is creating large scale … Continue reading

November 6, 2016 · 12 Comments

Saving energy in winter

Since this is my first winter in this house and I really don’t know what to expect I’ve been worried about paying high energy bills as well as a mortgage … Continue reading

October 22, 2016 · 13 Comments

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