Found GOS about a year ago as I was looking for ways to reduce the impact of Google System apps with special privileges. Was not specifically looking to de-google.
I've gone back and forth with apps just from Droid-ify, to running apps from Aurora Store as well with both Play services installed or not.
Recently have been reading about recommendations to use playstore for app updates, etc - as it is the overall better option.
I guess my question would be that if I decide to sign in with my google account to access the few paid apps I have - I would have still reached my initial goal of reducing the impact of the google apps and integrated system permissions by using the sandboxed play services, right ?