Here's an idea: This article from the Buffalo Bulletin offers homebrewing as a response to tough economic times.
Homebrewing isn't necessarily cheap (thanks again, hop shortage), but if you compare it to buying quality beer by the six-pack, it looks better. Say on average you spend $20 - $40 dollars to brew five gallons (approximately two cases) of beer. You're looking at about 63 cents per bottle. Now think about how much you spent on your last trip to the grocery store.
And who can put a price on the pride of brewing delicious beer and having total control over the quality of the ingredients?
Not sure you're ready, or able? It's easier than you might think. Check out the article linked above for some basic details.