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.

Baking marathon

I’m feeling a little better.  Illness always affects me much more than others.  A one day virus often has me off my feet for a week or more.  Over the … Continue reading

September 7, 2016 · 12 Comments

That god called money

My mother was a mental patient all her life starting from age 16.  She was in and out of state run facilities many times when I was young.  That’s why … Continue reading

June 13, 2016 · 21 Comments

Female role model

Sometimes things just simply bug me. Here is a quote from an email I got yesterday.  I get emails like this all the time.  Is it legitimate or is it … Continue reading

October 8, 2015 · 8 Comments

Diabetes and food bank foods

I had a doctor appointment last week.  My sugar is down more, my cholesterol is down more, and I lost 12 pounds.  About a pound a week.  I forget what … Continue reading

September 28, 2015 · 17 Comments

Wearing patches

Grandma Mama had a saying about wearing clothes with patches on them.  “There is no disgrace in wearing a patch but there is a big disgrace in wearing a hole.” … Continue reading

August 20, 2015 · 6 Comments


When I was a child our playground equipment was trees.  Trees to climb on or to swing from or  to hide behind in hide and seek games.  Sometimes we were … Continue reading

January 29, 2015 · 2 Comments

Make do and mend shoes

When I was a child my shoes were always hand me downs from older cousins.  Boy or girl we wore the same shoes.  Most of the time our shoes were … Continue reading

January 21, 2015 · 3 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

Flat broke foods – two

Yes, it’s true.  The flat broke foods can be made by simply adding water and a heat source.  Think about it.  The beans are obvious.  Add water, soak, then simmer … Continue reading

April 29, 2014 · 2 Comments

Energy diet

My household budget is feeling rather strained because the cost of just about everything has gone up.  The costs have risen much faster than my income.  There is also uncertainty … Continue reading

October 11, 2013

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