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.

Dealing with shortages

Food shortage does not mean a starvation event anymore than having seven cents short of a dollar means someone is penniless. The “doomsday” people and “conspiracy theorists” are spreading fear … Continue reading

November 1, 2021 · 32 Comments

Should we panic yet?

Its probably old news to everyone by now because its been repeated and repeated and repeated thousands of times about how fuel prices are soaring and expected to keep rising … Continue reading

October 24, 2021 · 26 Comments

Nephrologist news

Dang computers! My phone, internet, and computer have all been very cantankerous for several days which has made it impossible to get this posted before now. I finally got the … Continue reading

October 10, 2021 · 8 Comments

Not for me yet

After reading comments and some careful research I’ve decided to not do any of the creative finance options at this time. I’ll explain my reasons. There was a time when … Continue reading

August 14, 2021 · 14 Comments

Reducing water bill again

When the weather reporters started saying the temperatures would be going below freezing they also told people to let faucets drip to prevent water pipes from freezing.  Well, I had … Continue reading

January 16, 2018 · 15 Comments

December thirty first

Because of some issues yesterday, this resolve was postponed until today. Today would be the perfect day to promise yourself to keep last year’s resolution for the remainder of the … Continue reading

December 31, 2017 · 19 Comments

Today’s water bill

I’m doing the Snoopy happy dance today after opening my water bill.   If you don’t know, the water company bills every other month using multiples of 1,000 gallons.  Use from … Continue reading

November 9, 2017 · 42 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

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

A simple idea

But its so helpful for a forgetful mind.  I drink powdered milk.  I started drinking it long, long ago because it was more convenient than catching a city bus to … Continue reading

August 2, 2017 · 19 Comments

Heat wave

Like the rest of the country we have been in a heat wave.  At 4 am the temperature inside my house would be 82 degrees.  The actual outside temps during … Continue reading

July 27, 2017 · 6 Comments

Water saving progress

I sure wish I could read the water meter but those are kept cleverly hidden underground and not visible to the homeowner.  I wouldn’t know how to read it anyway. … Continue reading

June 25, 2017 · 37 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

Hay box cooking

Grandma Mama had no electricity and cooked with a wood stove.  During the really hot summer days she would sometimes use a small outside fire and a hay box to … Continue reading

June 14, 2017 · 30 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

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

Canning jar mop

Grandma Mama had a jar mop made with rags tacked to the end of a short tree branch Grandpa Papa had made smooth with a carving knife.  I wash lots … Continue reading

May 19, 2017 · 8 Comments

No mice or rats allowed – three

As I’ve said in the earlier posts when I say mice I mean rats too.  These are the things I’ve learned that do or don’t work to get rid of … Continue reading

May 18, 2017 · 2 Comments

No mice or rats allowed – two

In this post I’m listing as much as I remember about making a house less attractive to mice and rats.  You may think mice are only a country pest but … Continue reading

May 17, 2017 · 8 Comments

No mice or rats allowed – one

I want to mouse and rat proof my house.  Well, as best I can anyway.  At my old house mice and rats were just a fact of life in the … Continue reading

May 15, 2017 · 14 Comments

Twenty pounds of onions

What would you do with twenty pounds of onions?  On my shopping trip last month I bought sweet onions buy one five pound bag for $4 get one bag free … Continue reading

May 4, 2017 · 23 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

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