Due to my location I don't think I can be of much help regarding the accurate pricing of stuff where you live
But if you are even slightly deft, in a DIY context, you could drill out a hole in one food grade bucket to fit a spigot, to give you a bargain basement bottling bucket (bbbb
) for, probably somewhere around $10. Then another bucket or two to use purely as fermenters.
If you don't already, get yourself at least a racking cane, or even better an autosyphon, and some, 10 to 15 feet, food grade silicon tubing. A capper is a good idea but you can get away with using any PET bottles, that are made to contain carbonated drinks, to bottle your first few batches. Still use some myself so that I can monitor how well batches are carbing/carbed. Munton's, Cooper's and Black Rock extract kits work out quite a bit cheaper than the Mr. Beer stuff and can be added to, specialty grain steeping, DME, brown/white sugar and hop additions,to make some good beer, IMO/IME.
I've seen a few people on here turning up some great deals on brewing equipment through Craig's List.