We still have material things such as TV, DVD players and VCRs but my hubby repairs them and most of the ones we keep either have a cosmetic issue or a mechanical issue (DVD player has a tray that won't always close on its own. However all are functional and were either free or low cost to us. We ditched satellite TV probably fifteen years ago though I do keep an Amazon Prime subscription for my daughter and for the free shipping perk and books.
90% of our clothing is thrifted as the only things we buy new are underclothes and shoes for hubby and I as we both have large, wide feet and often can't find anything second hand. My daughter occasionally gets a new outfit or toy but most is also thrifted. I also recycle clothing that is too far gone to be donated into rags, quilts, tomato ties and sometimes even a new outfit for my daughter.
We downsized to one vehicle when the pandemic hit and we gave up our store to strictly sell from home. That vehicle was purchased used and is maintained regularly for a fraction of the cost of what something shiny and new would cost. A cargo hauler that attaches to our hitch gives us a bit more room for hauling items that won't fit in the cargo area.
Our home is paid for and unlike so many of our friends, we're not looking to purchase something bigger and fancier. I personally have twenty plus years invested in improving this property and though I keep planting and making improvements, I'm perfectly happy to live here until my time on this earth is over.
I have increased my knowledge of edible wild plants and am constantly increasing my garden area to reduce our food costs. I grew all of my vegetable plants from seed this year and only purchased a few annual flowers, most of which will be overwintered and used for cuttings to start new plants for next year. At one time I used to use lots of coupons but very seldom do now unless it's on paper products, soaps or shampoos. I buy very little premade food but lots of raw ingredients as most of our meals are from scratch which is far cheaper and healthier.
I also strive to learn something new everyday and to put that knowledge to use. One can read tons of books on a particular subject, but nothing can replace actually doing it.
Two things I can't give up are the landline as cell service is basically non-existent here and the hairdryer as my hair has a tendency to do its own thing without it, but then I only use it on the occasions when I actually leave the property.