Living strictly on cash is a noble thought if/when you can bring it off. Takes powerful self discipline. Getting out of all major debts was the key for me. Monthlies and that's it. I mostly cook at home because I'm disappointed with what I can find in restaurants. So I buy the best qualities and the best brands that can be found. Some meds have severeley depressed my appetite so top foods and condiments are even more important. Since I'm old, the top quality of all my outdoor kit has become quite obvious = it's all vintage stuff that works. Except for the little Coleman 533 stove, all the rest of it has to be pushing 35+ yrs old. It looks like a pile but it was 40 years in the making. I'll take a motel room, thanks. No more going out for a pee in +5C rain.