If you don't already have a subscription to this fantastic blog, The Survivalist Blog Dot Net, I highly recommend it. I find that I frequently go back and re-read his blogs because they are so full of intelligent comments that often give voice to nebulous thoughts I've had myself.
This morning, I re-read a post from October about minimalism, or not getting carried away. He talks about not spending too much time and money on gear just for the sake of having gear. Skills, and multi-purpose tools are more useful. I particularly related to his having to clean out an overstuffed shed and just get rid of the excess because in practical terms, the money invested could better be used elsewhere.
I can relate to that. I moved across the country from one end to the other, and I had to do some serious down-sizing, but it was ultimately worthwhile. Sometimes your possessions start to own you, and they might even get in the way of surviving a serious situation. How many people have died trying to save some possession from a burning building? Was it really worth dying for?
Take care to think about what you are buying and why you are buying it. Do you already have something that could fulfill the purpose of the thing you are thinking of buying? If so, then maybe your money would be better spent elsewhere.