Not much of a budget, we get anywhere from $50.00 to $100.00 for playing, most churches can not realy afford that. We usually keep some for gas and food for the trip and give the rest back. I look at ebay and craigslist everyday, musicians friend, guitar center, everything I can. Right now I have cheap Union 5 piece, added 2 very used Tama toms on a home made stand, found a Yamaha picalo tom at a Salvation Army store, and got a very used 16" floor tom from a yard sell. My cymbals are realy great, love them, 14" Zildjian Symitar hats, 10" B8 Pro splash, 16" B8 Pro crash, 18" Pearl crash/ride (our bass player found sitting by trash, slightly warped, but sounds great), 20" Paiste 202 Ride (beautiful sound), 22" B8 Pro ride. All I am realy in need of is a set that will be good for doing gigs with. I use my set for practice with the band, practice with two different praise and worship teams, play with the band every Friday night at a different church concert, and play twice Sunday with the praise and worship teams. Kind of hard to save money for a set, all my extra money is spent on gas, sticks, mallets, brushes, heads, and hardware. My bass drum got broke on Sunday when someone tripped, and a mike stand got tossed into it on accident. Went clean through the head, got to replace that by this evening before practice.