Rorate has re-published a cracker jack Il Foglio piece by Alessandro Gnocci that describes what the novus ordo sect lost as represented by traditional vestments like the maniple and amice.
"Funeral Etiquette: What to Wear and How to Behave" does an admirable job of laying out our responsibilities, like writing a condolence letter, and gives essential background for understanding funeral customs.
For your health and your pocketbook, home-cooked meals are the best way to go. But what alternatives are there to paying the high prices at the grocery store? "Save Money on Real Food by Buying in Bulk, Bartering, Working, and Making the Right Connections" provides a well-rounded assortment of sources.