My cheap camera, which is also my favorite, cost $50. It is a Konica Pop and I use it for taking pictures everyday. I lost it three times and I always had it back every time like a talisman.
I also have my forever and ever favorite which is the Pentax Spotmatic. I learned to shoot with her and I consider her as the love of my life. I don't think that I had a choice. It was not premeditated, it just happened. I took some images and everyone seemed to like it.
The best part of creating images is that you can do whatever you want with whatever you have access to. People think they need a great team to be a great photographer and that's a big lie. There's multiple options for you to start photography even without spending lots of money. Try using any equipment you have available to you at the moment.
Photography is the best thing that happened in my life. It saved me from the clutches of depression and self-destruction and I will always be grateful for that!