Along with the rate of unemployment, the cost of food is rising these days. The last time most of us planted a vegetable garden was back in kindergarten. It might be the time to paint that black thumb green. Sarah Newman has written a column for the Huffington Post about "7 Ways to Grow Your Own Food and Save Money," with tips for the most novice gardener.
Not into planting? Sarah also suggests picking fallen fruit, fruit that is on public property and free to you and I. Need to know where to find said fruit? Head to FallenFruit.org, a group that goes out into the world and maps public fruit trees and the seasons of said fruit crop. If you live in the LA area you can find our maps here.