Originally Posted by Brewnoob1
You can always ask restaurants to see if they have any food grade buckets. They throw those away or get rid of them all the time They might be freebies. I'd also recommend checking your local Thrift store for pots. I have seen pots on the cheap in the past...but unfortunately, it was before I was into the hobby so didn't take advantage of them.
Just thoughts on cutting down more of your costs if you're trying to get the minimum required equipment
I get various size buckets (2,3.5,4,5) gal buckets from my local grocery store's bakery, icing comes in them. You can put a spigot on one of those for a cheap bottling bucket
Same with a pot, scored a 5gal with a 2gal bonus for $20 in the spring at the same grocery store.
Keep a look out on CL I got almost all of my equipment from there and the classifieds here on HBT are good but you gotta be fast at responding :-). Good luck and welcome to the obsession!