I, too, support our sponsors and recommend them. A number of them feature a "starter kit" that will give you all the essentials at a package price. At the same time, I have had some success at watching CraigsList.org in my area in picking up some good deals on carboys. It seems there are always people exiting the hobby and willing to unload their equipment.
Never give up! Christopher Columbus never gave up. Benjamin Franklin never gave up. Oliver Twiddledee... (Who's he?!) You see, you don't know because he gave up!