There's a quiet uprising brewing. In my permaculture class (taught by Rob Avis of Verge Permaculture), the overwhelming majority of my 20 some classmates were applying for (or had just been granted) a reduced work week in order to carve out more time for worthwhile activities such as gardening, preserving, cooking from scratch, working on eco retrofits to their home and landscape, recreation and simply, time to rest and relax with their families. In our own family, my husband recently switched to a 4 day work week which has dramatically improved our lifestyle. With a 3 day weekend, there's now enough time to work on projects that we've been wanting to try, not to mention, time at last for the creative juices to flow which fuels our resourcefulness.
Oh, the stories my Grandma tells about the Depression era and the resourceful frugality that reigned at that time. People who were resourceful and creative made it through that wretched decade and I dare say that the general populous could use a healthy dose of resourcefulness in this day and age.
Two adirondack chairs for our deck, fence boards for our planned hen run and food forest expansion, perennials, building materials, etc. Between freecycle, kijiji (online classifieds) and bartering, we have managed to progress pretty far into our development plan without spending much money.
Here's the fence boards (100 - 1x6" 6 footers):