Hubby and I have been thinking about what will thrive and/or make a comeback during these difficult economic times. Here's our list, such as it is:
1. Walking/cycling. With the cost of petrol going up and up, more and more people will dig out their walking shoes or dusty bikes.
2. Public transport. See above (though, of course, this is subject to trains actually working).
3. Libraries. Why buy a book or newspaper when you can get one free at the library?
4. Vegetable gardens. Everyone's going to be digging for Britain again.
5. Local shops (if they still exist). You can get your walking in and support your local shops.
6. Charity shops: Why buy new when you can get secondhand? (And walk there too).
7. Dinner parties: Wine is terribly priced in restaurants. You can feed six of your friends for the price of two bottles of wine probably (and have more wine as well). (Don't forget to walk to your local shops for the ingredients, apart from those you've grown yourself).
8. Seeds: Why spend £8 on one plant when for £2 you can get a load of seeds? And you can sell or give away your spare plants.
9. Evenings in watching DVDs (and you can walk to the DVD shop).
10. Appreciation for the truly good things in life. With more and more people losing their jobs every day, this will force the workaholics to sit back and take a good, long look at what they value. Consumerism will, if not completely die, be cut back quite a bit. Couples will have more time for each other. Families will have more time for each other. Being unemployed is no fun, but there can be benefits.
What trends are you noticing?