ChineseFirewood, rice, oil, salt, soy sauce, vinegar, and tea- life's daily necessities, things you cannot live without.

This is often shortened to just the first four characters, 柴米油盐 - firewood, rice, oil, and salt. Used as a noun for referring to daily essentials, and first came into use around the Song dynasty (1270s). It'd be interesting to see what items this would include if it came around much later