Poor people are inventive.
In the Russian language there is an expression “Голь на выдумки хитра”. The meaning of this saying is “Necessity is the mother of invention”, but word to word translation would be “Those who have nothing are ingenious”!
Way back in my old country even if people had money, there was not much choice of goods to buy.
The most common and always available food items were bread, eggs, macaroni noodles and seasonal (only seasonal) fruits and vegetables.
No exotic or overseas fruits were known to soviet people, except oranges and mandarins which for some reason were in comparative abundance only at a New Year time.
Moscow knew more variety, because foreign tourists were allowed to visit Moscow, so government let more supplies (food as well as clothes) to be sold in Moscow in order to show off for foreign people.
However, remote regions where foreign tourists were not allowed to visit, had to live with scares choices.
Many people had their own gardens and they were selling the produce in the markets.
In fall we used to buy potatoes, onions, cabbage and carrots in sackfuls and store them in the cold cellars for winter usage. We used to make lots of preserves not because it was our hobby and not just for the fun of doing it.
It was vital for feeding the family. There was no much choice, you just had to lay in supplies to have food in winter.
Not having choices is not too bad.
It depends, what choices, of course. On the one hand if you have a lot of choices, you might make a bad choice.
You can buy a very expensive facial cream and cover your face with harmful chemicals, dyes and other harmful ingredients.
However, when you don’t have a choice of buying cosmetics products, then you come up with a facial mask made from strawberries, cucumbers, etc.
If you cannot buy an expensive hand cream, you can just use old Grandma’s remedy- castor oil and the effect will be much better!
You can spent a lot of money on house cleaning supplies full of harmful chemicals and inhale this stuff while using spray bottles.
Or you can just use a couple of drops of aromatic ammonia spirit to make your house sparkle.
Choices are all yours even when you do not have much choices.