Just my inane ramblings...Heed them well or pay them no mind, at your leisure.
Break the Bank: Build Your Local Economy
Another good article from Mother Earth News on "getting back to the basics" of economy. Bartering is making a huge resurgence all around the country and is a good way to get what you need and help out a neighbor at the same time. A site you can go to if you'd like try bartering is Barter Quest (non-affiliate link), check out the "meet you half way club" while you are there.