When I first started illustrating full time, things were tight. Out the window were steady paychecks and cheap healthcare. Instead it was learning how to cut corners and live on a very strict budget. Start planning for those peaks and valleys that define freelance work. I put out a call for suggestions of cheap things to do... things that require little to no money. And i got a good response. Lots of creative people out there enjoying the simple pleasures in life. So nice.