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 · Leave a comment

Old foods versus new foods

A recent discussion with someone about old time food versus new food prompted me to repeat my personal thoughts on healthy eating.  I am not a nutritionist or a medical … Continue reading

October 4, 2017 · 20 Comments

Cooking without recipes

I’ve had many requests over the years to give recipes for the foods I cook.  Honestly I’m not really good at using or writing recipes.  I have lists of ingredients … Continue reading

July 23, 2017 · 11 Comments

Dirty produce

Have you noticed how dirty fresh fruits and veggies are lately?  What I mean is dirtier than usual.  Even the so called “washed and prepared” produce has had a major … Continue reading

April 20, 2017 · 14 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

Mobile food bank and my pantry

I live at the intersection of very little money and unexpected happens.  Its not easy to make ends meet here.  I lived for many years in a food desert in … Continue reading

February 13, 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

Pies and pies

Back before the holidays I asked the manager guy at the senior commodity place what kind of pie he’d like to have as a Christmas present.   He said he … Continue reading

January 9, 2017 · 52 Comments

Carrot Pie

I had several requests to give the recipe for carrot pie so here it is.  This recipe is good for when you get those cans of carrots in the food … Continue reading

January 3, 2017 · 3 Comments

Frugal Diabetic – update

Let me give you a bit of the history for the new readers.  A lot of this is covered in my blog series called frugal diabetic.  I had spent a … Continue reading

December 12, 2016 · 26 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

Build a pantry

This is not about building with lumber and organizers. Its about stocking a pantry that fits YOUR style and tastes. Let me remind you that I’m not a nutritionist or … Continue reading

October 15, 2016 · 15 Comments

Frugal diabetic – ten

As I stated in the earlier post, I’ve never been able to create a menu plan then go shopping based on the plan list and stick to it. Some people … Continue reading

August 14, 2016 · 2 Comments

Frugal Diabetic – seven

I’ve said it before but it doesn’t hurt to repeat.  Obesity is NOT a lack of care or simply a failure to exercise. Obesity is an imbalance between the energy … Continue reading

June 18, 2016 · 6 Comments

Frugal diabetic – six

Continuing with the story of my quest to put my diabetes into remission I started to remember more of what Grandma Mama taught me about meal preparation and food preserving. … Continue reading

June 15, 2016 · 8 Comments

Frugal diabetic – five

Before I started my WW2 diet plan I had been testing my sugar levels once or twice a day at different times throughout the day.   First thing in the … Continue reading

June 12, 2016 · 16 Comments

Frugal diabetic – four

Each time I researched about diabetes I had more questions and I really wanted answers.  My inquisitive mind wouldn’t let them go. One big question I kept having was why … Continue reading

June 10, 2016 · 8 Comments

Frugal diabetic – one

I’ve been asked to explain how I’ve gotten my A1C level lowered while relying on food banks and discount bins for my food and being frugal.  This is my story. … Continue reading

June 3, 2016 · 24 Comments

What to do with tomato soup

I went to the food bank a couple of days ago.  I hadn’t intended to go but a neighbor asked me to go with her and give her what I … Continue reading

May 26, 2016 · 15 Comments

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