Budget is ok
First you have to row a little boat....then go sail the sloop.
The economy models don't have to sit in the garage. They become the rods for people to borrow as you spread the word.
The last post was right on when he said you might not stay with it. Then again you could get a bit of your money back for the better used rig. Who knows.
If you find out you can catch fish and if you get a decent cast with the budget rig, then it's a sure bet you'll slay 'em with your upgrade.
Just my opinion. I never take the easy route. It's boring.
"Every normal man must be tempted, at times, to spit upon his hands, hoist the black flag, and begin slitting throats."