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.

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

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

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

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

Toll free number scams

Why the HECK do smart minds think of criminal ideas instead of doing good work?  Just think what the world would be like if those minds worked on ideas to … Continue reading

April 9, 2016 · 8 Comments


I’ve mentioned several times that I live in a high crime area that’s also a food desert.  I hear gun shots quite often.  Sometimes the gun shots are just outside … Continue reading

March 7, 2016 · 24 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

Food banks should be like grocery stores

I may not get to a food bank for awhile but I can still talk about them.  Going to a food bank here in my area you have no choice … Continue reading

January 12, 2016 · 9 Comments

So excited

I had my 3 month checkup with my doctor today.  I could hardly wait to tell my news.  I’ve been told a normal A1C should be somewhere between 4.5 and … Continue reading

December 30, 2015 · 5 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

Food bank radishes

I wasn’t able to go to the food bank this past week but my neighbors did. They gave me these extras from their stuff.  I appreciate any fresh produce.  What … Continue reading

August 2, 2015 · 2 Comments

Menu planning

First I’ll explain why I don’t pre-plan meals and then I’ll explain what I do instead.  However you do your meal planning is what works for YOU.  This is the … Continue reading

July 6, 2015 · 11 Comments

I’ve been canning again

You know how ground beef recipes will say “brown the beef” at the beginning?  Well, I like making sure the beef is already browned and waiting for the rest of the … Continue reading

July 3, 2015 · 3 Comments

About my canning and my blog

Yes, I really do get and use food bank food.  I’m talking about the fresh produce from the mobile food bank; not the emergency food one gets from a food … Continue reading

May 30, 2015 · 10 Comments

Food bank food

There is no shame in getting food from a food bank.  The shame is in not getting the food if you really need it.  The Dare to Care organization started … Continue reading

April 1, 2015

Disturbing signs

I went to pick up my senior commodities yesterday and was told it is no longer a government run program.  It’s now run by Dare To Care which hands out … Continue reading

March 20, 2015 · 2 Comments

Food bank kale chips

Remember this?  The organic kale I got from the mobile food bank a couple of days ago.  I had planned to have them for supper.  I changed my plan.  I’ve … Continue reading

February 6, 2015 · 4 Comments

Food bank day

I’ve been sort of under the weather for three days.  Nothing really bad, just a slight cold that made me feel listless, and I’m feeling better.  This is what I … Continue reading

February 4, 2015 · 2 Comments

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