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.

What is Obama Care

There are some readers from other countries who may be wondering what is the big commotion over Obama Care.  So I’ll tell you my understanding of what it is.  Number one is … Continue reading

November 18, 2017 · 43 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

No longer a hoarder

I am not a doomsday prepper but I do prepare for short term emergencies and weather related power outages.  I do have tendencies toward hoarding.  Hoarding things is common among … Continue reading

November 7, 2017 · 23 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

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

Gotta brag a little

I got one of those energy profile letters from our utility company in the mail yesterday and I was shocked.  You can click the photo to make it larger for … Continue reading

August 6, 2017 · 31 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

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

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

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

Rainbows and pots of gold

Sometimes hope comes to us in the most unexpected way.  It could be in the form of a few minutes time spent with a special person or it could be … Continue reading

June 6, 2017 · 22 Comments

Do I need a tin foil hat?

Just when I feel as if I’ve gotten my financial life in balance and running smoothly, something costs more.  These days the sticker shocks and sucker punch fees are coming … Continue reading

May 27, 2017 · 26 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

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