i knew a guy at work who had his house paid off in the 1970s.Still worked until 74. New children and wife. He had no cable. He would come to work 3 hours early to save on his electrity and gas. Would clip all the Sunday Paper coupons. Would look in the trash for it. Only ate pasta,beans, and drink water. Not once I saw him with To go foods or use the vending machine. He would save his dental floss in a napkin and reuse it.