courtnay e , could you please provide a link to the 4 H club.
I'm so glad to see this thread here. I specificially came to this board because I'm having the same issues- part of which I think really does have to do with my poor meal planning that we're spending so much.
I found that I'm able to "reuse" some of our meals because our biggest issue is waste because we don't eat it all. My husband refuses to eat leftovers that taste like leftovers. Tonight we had half a meat loaf left over so tomorrow that'll be chopped up into some sort of pasta bake or chili or something. Last week tried the same thing with leftover chicken making an entirely different meal the next day. Doesn't sound really like you have the option of even having leftovers but thats what I've found is sort of working for me to save money.