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  1. Vanessa (Last Night’s Leftovers)
    October 28, 2009

    The Time Traveler’s Wife was an amazing book! I wasn’t thrilled with the movie, but I’m not an Eric Bana OR a Rachel McAdams fan, so that could be why šŸ˜›

  2. verbalriot
    October 28, 2009

    I spend about the same on groceries for one…I do a bi-weekly grocery shop for about $70 and then I buy extra veggies during the week.

  3. Mellissa
    October 28, 2009

    Snow Flower and The Secret Fan
    Pillars of the Earth
    Sarah’s Key
    The Entire Sookie Stackhouse Series

    Those are just my favorites from 2009!

  4. foodieinthecity
    October 28, 2009

    Stuffed acorn squash. What a fabulous idea!

    I FINALLY found the pumpkin ice cream yesterday. SO, SO good. Topped with crumbled graham crackers- kind of tastes like pumpkin pie. Now I just need some whipped cream. šŸ™‚

    Have you read the new Dan Brown book? The Lost Symbol? My boyfriend read it and now it is waiting for me once I am done with my current book.

  5. VeggieGirl
    October 28, 2009

    My favorite author is Stephen King, so I highly recommend any of his novels šŸ™‚

  6. Evan Thomas
    October 28, 2009

    I wanted to buy an acorn squash but I have 92 cents left to make last the week! Yikes!

  7. Jessica
    October 28, 2009

    I’m surprised you’re NOT at the bottom of the container. It would have been gone long ago if it was here!

  8. Spotty Prep
    October 28, 2009

    Thanks for the thrifty tips! I spend probably about the same, but then get a Publix sub or sushi for lunch about once a week…

    I highly recommend Sarah’s Key- it’s a tear jerker, and if you liked the Da Vinci Code, The Lost Symbol. I just got The Help and have heard amazing things about it. I actually liked The Time Traveler’s Wife movie better than the book! They left out all the drugs and the craziness so I “got” the love story more out of the movie, if that makes sense!

    • Danielle
      October 29, 2009

      The Help was a great book! I just finished it šŸ™‚

  9. Jenna
    October 28, 2009

    great ideas on the acorn squash!
    i like how you incorporate it into differene meals!
    yummu dessert!
    jenna

  10. catiechurch
    October 28, 2009

    Any books by Emily Giffin.

  11. Carrie @ I See Monsters
    October 28, 2009

    I am so impressed you only spend $30 per week! Somehow I always end up at around $50, no matter what I try. I’m all about your tips for stretching ingredients — this week I roasted a chicken on Sunday night that I’ve been “transforming” into new lunches and dinners all week. I am going to be really, really sick of chicken by Friday. LOL.

    As for books, I’m totally on a vampire kick (how predictable, I know) and am really enjoying the Sookie Stackhouse novels. I also really liked the first Blue Bloods book a lot. (Twilight, not so much.)

  12. tracy
    October 28, 2009

    I would definitely recommend Good in Bed by Jennifer Weiner. I loved that book!!! Right now, I’m reading My Sister’s Keeper…almost finished reading it and I’m looking forward to seeing the movie when I’m done.

  13. weightwatchersforone
    October 28, 2009

    I just spent $26 on grocery for the whole week. I do the same thing and mainly buy just fruits and veggies. I buy other stuff like beans, yogurt when they are on sale.

    I agree with tracy Good in Bed is awesome and so is Certain Girls

  14. Lauren
    October 28, 2009

    I think you could stuff a squash with just about anything and it would be pretty much fantastic.

    I love how savay you are with your meal budgeting. Way to make the buck last! šŸ™‚

  15. Stefanie B.
    October 28, 2009

    Water for Elephants….my favorite book ever! by Sara Gruen

  16. sisrocks1996
    October 28, 2009

    Have you read Julie and Julia yet? The Art of Racing In The Rain is a fun quick read too.

  17. Karoline
    October 28, 2009

    Special Topics in Calamity Physics is an awesome book! It’s NOT about physics. Super entertaining and full of pop culture references.

  18. Allison (Eat Clean Live Green)
    October 28, 2009

    I can’t believe you only spend $30 a week on groceries! wow! Even with using ingredients for multiple meals, I think that’s super impressive šŸ™‚

  19. Lizzy
    October 28, 2009

    i love acorn squash so much!

    http://saladdiva.wordpress.com

  20. Matt
    October 28, 2009

    Wow 30 bucks? No way I could spend that little!

  21. Amy
    October 28, 2009

    Not sure if you’re into vampires or not, but I read the Sookie Stackhouse series recently and loved it.

  22. Amanda (Two Boos Who Eat)
    October 28, 2009

    love how you stretched that $2 acorn squash out. Good idea!

  23. Jess
    October 28, 2009

    I”m reading Julie and Julia right now and I’m really enjoying it. Being a food blogger and all you might find it fun too!

    P.S. Love your squash ideas. Any tips on the best way to get a squash up? I always get in a grueling battle with mine and figure there must be an easier way.

  24. Samantha
    October 28, 2009

    I am curious how you know if you are getting enough calories with all of the running you do? do you just rely on hunger cues because you seem to eat all low calorie items. Honestly sometimes keeping track for a day or two might let us know your fueling properly.

  25. Jess
    October 28, 2009

    Oops that should say *cut a squash up, not get a squash up!

  26. Strawberry @ MySnackAttack.com & Strawberrysays.com
    October 28, 2009

    Okay…if you’re looking for fiction-y non-fiction, anything by David Sedaris is a MUST…my fave is Me Talk Pretty One Day.
    The Power of Now and New Earth are really good books, if you’re into that kind of stuff.
    I just started Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell and it’s good so far…his other book Tipping Point is great and Blink is interesting as well.

  27. Jaime
    October 28, 2009

    TTW is my fave book by far!! Just such an interesting story and so well told. šŸ™‚

    Another one I like is The Glass Castle…

    I need to learn to shop more like you. I can easily spend $50-$75/week on groceries and I’m here alone much of the time (hubby is Navy and away a lot). Must learn to reel that in!

  28. Jessica
    October 28, 2009

    NICHOLAS SPARKS….
    any of his are GREAT…..I own them all!!!!

  29. Jaimie
    October 28, 2009

    I am reading “The memory keeper’s daughter”. Very good!

  30. homegirlcaneat
    October 28, 2009

    I love acorn squash! Shouldn’t the title be “Saving Money and Eating Well”? haha sorry! I’m a grammar freak!

    • Meghann
      October 28, 2009

      I did it that way on purpose. šŸ™‚ I know its not proper english, but its what I would say out loud and I always try to put my true voice in the blog even if its not the grammatically correct voice šŸ˜‰

  31. Emily
    October 28, 2009

    I just finished “Heat,” which was pretty interesting. It was all about cooking – the author interned in Mario Batali’s kitchen and even traveled through Italy.

    http://eatventures.wordpress.com

  32. chasingthenow
    October 28, 2009

    I love books by Jane Green. She’s a British chick-lit writer. I don’t know if you like light-chick-lit kind of reads, but if so, check her out. The movie “The Holiday” is based on one of her books.

  33. shell625
    October 28, 2009

    30 dollars? wow i’m impressed! I rarely leave the grocery spending that little & I don’t even do full shopping haha.. i need your skills!

    I want to find the pumpkin ice cream šŸ™ jealouss

    oxox,
    Shelley
    findinghappinessandhealth.wordpress.com

  34. melruns
    October 28, 2009

    Try her next book: Her Fearful Symmetry.

    The author did a reading in NYC, and I went and got a copy signed. She’s kind of geeky and quirky in person. It’s so interesting how writers are not who you imagine.

    Anyway–the book is very, very good. Just finished it. Couldnt put it down!

  35. Melissa S.
    October 28, 2009

    I just finished reading “Almost Moon” by Alice Sebold; awesome book.

    and I wish i only spent 30 bucks on groceries a week. i think i spend more like 60…where they heck does it all go?!

  36. Emily
    October 28, 2009

    1. The Kite Runner – it was the author’s first book. He not only won an award but they also made a movie about it (which was highly controversial, as was the book). I haven’t seen the movie, but the book is EXCELLENT and one that I continuously go back to.
    2. “The Poisonwood Bible” by Barbara Kingsolver is one of the books at the top of my list. It is amazing – a must read!
    3. I also enjoyed “East of Eden” by John Steinbeck. Don’t get thrown off by the author – I initially thought that Steinbeck was only worth reading for classes. This book, however, was one that I picked up because it looked interesting. I never had to read it for class. It is now my comfort book – I’ve read it more times than I can count and still love every page of it!
    4. Someone already mentioned “Snow Flower and the Secret Fan” which is also a great book. Not very well written, but an interesting story, particularly if you are interested in historical fiction.
    5. “Pillars of the Earth” is fantastic but it is a large book. If it took you awhile to get through “The Time Traveler’s Wife,” I’d recommend staying away from this one until you have a week of free time so that you can sit down and enjoy it. It really is better when read in LARGE chunks.
    6. If you are looking for an actual memoir, I recommend reading Eugenia Ginzburg’s “Into the Whirlwind.” It covers her experience during Stalin’s Reign of Terror. Excellent work and it is one that you can get totally absorbed in.

    If you want more, just ask! I am one of those people who loves books and loves recommending them!

  37. Britt
    October 28, 2009

    Great tips and ideas!

    Little cheesy but I’m reading The Secret right now, at least its getting me motivated on making my own destiny.

  38. Sammi
    October 28, 2009

    I’ve never had stuffed acorn squash which I guess is why I could not figure out what the picture was without reading what you wrote! I was staring at it for quite a while too… lol. I also blame being tired šŸ™‚ lol. I totally do believe your down to the bottom! That ice cream is addictive! I’m on my second container of it now… it would probably be the third expect I’ve had other desserts to keep my stomach occupied for the past week!

  39. Anna
    October 28, 2009

    Ahh I JUST finished eating that EXACT SAME dessert! Deeelicious. I can’t resist choco teddy grahams when they are featured on sale. Just grab a box without thinking.

  40. Morgan
    October 28, 2009

    Gone With the Wind
    A Tree Grows in Brooklyn
    Marjorie Morningstar
    The Kite Runner
    A Thousand Splendid Suns

    Time Traveler’s Wife is one of my favorite books ever!

  41. Susan
    October 28, 2009

    I’m the wrong person to ask for book suggestions… I’m currently reading Twilight for the bazillionth time šŸ˜›

  42. Allison
    October 28, 2009

    My two favorite books are The Poisonwood Bible by Barabara Kingsolver and East of Eden by John Steinbeck. You also might be interested to check out Once a Runner and Again to Carthage. They are really good books about running!!!

  43. Whitney @ Lettuce Love
    October 28, 2009

    I always try to stretch my dollar too and make multiple meals with the same ingredients. I haven’t read it yet, but my mom sent me The Shack.

  44. Jamie
    October 28, 2009

    Meghann,

    A great book is the Art of Racing in the Rain. My mom reads a million books but after reading this one she sent an email to everyone she knows and told them to read it- it was THAT good.

    Its told from the perspective of a dog who you will fall in love with!

    Jamie

  45. Jennifer
    October 28, 2009

    Odd Thomas by Dean Koontz was one of my favorites. LOVED it!
    P.S. You should people to put in their votes! You’re getting so close!!!!

  46. Megan
    October 29, 2009

    Hey Meghann!

    Long time reader, first time commenter – loved your advice about stretching ingredients across meals! Very practical and easy to follow, especially for a struggling student like me. šŸ™‚

    I’ve also made a version of that stuffed squash: using an acorn squash as the “base”, but with actual holiday stuffing ingredients inside! I always put whole grain bread, celery, apples, pecans, cranberries, all the good stuff! If you’re ever looking for another version, definitely try it!

  47. JuicyJessy
    October 29, 2009

    you should really read the millennium trilogy by stieg larsson; it is awesome!

  48. Diana
    October 29, 2009

    That’s pretty awesome that you got 7 meals out of one veggie. 30 dollars seems like a decent amount for one person. šŸ™‚

  49. intheskinny
    October 29, 2009

    I just read Enchanted, Inc. by Shanna Swendson. It is the first book in a serious of four. I found it at the library so it didn’t cost me a dime!

  50. Runningwriter
    October 29, 2009

    Anything by Anita Shreve or Amy Tan (from memory The Kitchen God’s Wife was my favourite). And thinking about it The Pilot’s Wife was the first Anita Shreve book I read. So I recommend anything with Wife in the title it would seem.

  51. Jessica
    October 29, 2009

    I recommend:
    Shanghai girls by Lisa See
    Interpreter of Maladies by Jhumpa Lahiri

    both great books, Jhumpa Lahiri is one of my favorite authors šŸ™‚

  52. Amanda
    October 29, 2009

    Here are 2 (of many)…
    Commencement by J. Courtney Sullivan
    Hothouse Flower and the Nine Plants of Desire by Margot Berwin

  53. geegs23
    October 29, 2009

    I agree with those that recommended “The Art of Racing in the Rain” – one of my favorite books! I own two dogs and I look at them every day now and wonder what they are thinking.. I could not put this book down and cried like a baby through many spots.. a MUST read if you are a dog lover!

  54. Brandi
    October 29, 2009

    leftovers / reusing ingredients is the best way to stretch your money and not waste food/cash!

    Hmm…if you like murder mystery type books, the Women’s Murder Club series by James Patterson is good and addicting. There are 7 books in the series.

    I loved The Lovely Bones – very different, but good.

    And I’m in love the Coffeehouse Mysteries by Cleo Coyle lately – all mysteries set in a coffee shop. Makes me want to be a detective AND own my own coffee shop šŸ™‚

  55. Paige
    October 29, 2009

    For books, try: The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and The Girl Who Played with Fire (2 in a series). They are mystery/thriller novels. I don’t usually enjoy that type of book, but these were GREAT and the last half of both had me on my toes! So GOOD!

  56. RunToTheFinish
    October 29, 2009

    I always love posts like this because I think they are so helpful and prove to people you can eat well without spending a ton.

    I have a boat load of books that I’ve been recommending…one i really loved was Winter Rose

  57. RJ
    October 29, 2009

    I have just torn though (my husband’s copy) of Born To Run by Christopher McDougall. I cannot say enough about it but as a runner I highly recommend you read it. Let us all know if you decide to make any changes to your running after you have read it! we have already started……..will say no more if you haven’t already read it….

  58. Ashley
    October 29, 2009

    I am AMAZED that you only spend $30!!! I can’t get my bill under $80 and it is just me! Wow. I guess being a good cook (and being creative is key). Looks I have a new goal!

    Water for Elephants and I Know this Much is True are excellent books.

  59. Erin
    October 29, 2009

    So many good book ideas!

    And love the money saving tips – I agree that you can really stretch the yummy veggies into multiple meals!

    I thought about the title as eating good – as in good, yummy eats!

  60. Stephanie
    October 29, 2009

    Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close by Jonathon Safran Foer. Seriously. It is amazing.

  61. Allison
    October 29, 2009

    The Help – you can get it at Costco because it is only out in hardback. It is wonderful.

  62. Casey Leigh
    October 29, 2009

    Just wanted to say that I love this post! Its great to see your time line of how you used the squash over a few days. šŸ™‚

  63. Ali
    October 29, 2009

    I recently have read and LOVED
    Jodi Piccoult – Handle with Care and Nineteen Minutes
    Diana Calbraldon (spelling?) – Outlander

    They are all so good I couldn’t pick just one! I was wondering how much do you think you would spend if you didn’t get as many blog freebies? I live by myself too and even with coupons and frozen veggies – I still usually spend about $60 a week!

  64. Brenna
    October 29, 2009

    The author who wrote Time Traveller’s Wife has a second book out- it’s very quirky but soooooo good! It’s in hardcover right now, but I found a copy on sale at a local bookstore and it was worth the splurge- it’s great!

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