In my own kitchen, I use a gas stove, a kitchen aid stand mixer circa 1985, and a lot of vintage bake ware I inherited from my grandmothers. My mother also spoils me horribly and buys me bake ware I would never buy for myself. You can cook well on a budget. You can do this without fancy equipment and you can use generic foods and have it work out. It's just not that hard. It takes practice, but there's only one way to get that, isn't there?
I've learned a lot about bread baking from nice ladies who put tips on the internet. I'm trying to help other people learn to do the same.