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.

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

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

Honey mushrooms

I’ve been told these are a delicious wild mushroom.  The name comes from the color, not the flavor.  I first noticed them last year soon after I move to this … Continue reading

September 6, 2017 · 13 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

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

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

Reasons to stockpile a pantry

The pantry principle has been around since…. at least in biblical times? Correct me if I’m wrong but when Joseph suggested the storing of seven years of excess grain to … Continue reading

October 11, 2016 · 10 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

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

Dental care when poor

I had the rest of my teeth pulled on Friday.  They left 6 because the teeth are still good and will be the anchor for my bottom plate. There is … Continue reading

March 20, 2016 · 12 Comments

Quiet lately

Since having my teeth pulled I’ve not had much to talk about.  I haven’t been to the food bank either because I’m baby sitting so there hasn’t been any canning … Continue reading

March 4, 2016 · 12 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

Pre cook onions

You know how recipes that contain onions always tell you to “brown the onions” or “saute onions until tender” and stuff like that?  Well I don’t like waiting for onions … Continue reading

December 9, 2015 · 3 Comments

Canning dry beans

Having pre-cooked dry beans means quick meals are easy.  The cost of canned beans in the stores is outrageous these days.  I started a few years ago canning my own. … Continue reading

November 30, 2015 · 7 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

Re-using plastic bags

In today’s economy we poor must find savings, even micro saving, where we can.  I re-use plastic bags over and over many times. I read about people throwing away plastic bags … Continue reading

September 15, 2015 · 16 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

Grocery shopping is expensive

There wasn’t anything interesting on tv last night so I was wandering around the internet getting inspired.  I came across a blogger (and the commentors) who were saying their grocery … Continue reading

September 4, 2015 · 17 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

Apple syrup

A couple of days ago I went to pick up my metformin prescription at the grocery pharmacy.  I couldn’t resist checking what produce was in the discount bin.  Apples! Apples … Continue reading

January 26, 2015 · 2 Comments

Use it up canned chili

I found a bargain on my last shopping trip.  The price of ground beef has skyrocketed as you probably know.  I had already decided this would be my last time … Continue reading

January 19, 2015 · 2 Comments

Using bell peppers

I went to the grocery to pick up my medications.  Since I was in the store anyway, I couldn’t resist checking the discount produce bin to see what was there. … Continue reading

January 15, 2015 · 4 Comments

Canning beans

I keep canning year round.  I enjoy it and it saves me money.  In Winter I switch to foods like dry beans and soups and I still can what we … Continue reading

January 13, 2015 · 3 Comments

Cheap cooking oil spray

I was reading the blog of a new follower and I realized some folks may not know about making your own cooking spray. What you need to do is buy … Continue reading

November 30, 2014 · 8 Comments

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