I'm signing up for an expensive CSA, but even though it's the most expensive one in the area, it works out to be the cheapest in the long run because all of their seconds are available to members for canning/freezing/drying. As the mother of four kids, this is a GOOD THING. I'm starting to scour thrift stores for canning jars, but I really need a pressure canner, more jars, a dehydrator and vacuum sealer bags.
I'm also in a position to be able to raise quail for meat and eggs. They are cheaper than chickens per pound of meat/eggs and require less space. The eggs, housing & feed are dirt cheap. But I need an incubator, though, and can't afford one. GAH!!!!!!!
Freecycle and craigslist have been useless -- the demand is FAR greater than the supply. Ebay's prices for used canners, once you factor in shipping, are as much as Amazon with free shipping for new. I'm at my wits' end. My husband has been unemployed for seven months now and I am not feeling hopeful. I just need to be more proactive about food or we're going to be hurting this fall.
Beyond begging here for a canner that somebody has collecting dust and not using, what do I do now?