Yep, I'll admit it. I haven't eaten this many ramen noodles since I was in graduate school...
I'm in a rural area, and we do not have municipal trash removal, so people have to pay private haulers to remove their trash. In the past year or two I've noticed that it's become much more common for people to put still-useful stuff out on the lawn with a "free" sign on it rather than paying to dump it. We also are seeing more little produce stands, as people try to sell their extra garden produce, cut flowers, or eggs -this is a change that I love!
Among my fellow teachers, shopping at thrift stores and consignment shops has undergone an image shift from tacky to chic; we now share tips on where to shop and when the sales are. One of our English teachers started a paperback book swap shelf in the teacher's room, and that has been a nice addition. A friend has started a local buy/sell/swap facebook page, which is doing a booming business, selling everything from hamsters to pickup trucks.
During WWII, the US government encouraged people to reuse, refurbish, recycle, pay off their debts, and save, for the good of the country. Now this same government says that the economy continues to be in bad shape because we are doing those exact same things. Go figure.