Arnt we all on a budget? Just some budgets are larger than others. Belive me I understand a budget and I get stuff for the tanks when I can afford to.
I had my 80 gal
empty for almost a year before I started buying stuff simply becuase it was not time.
oK. back on subject.
you want sand that is sugar grain sized. Where do you live goby? if you are on the north east you might be able to find some sand in home depot under the name "southdown" this sand is arganite sand and its just the right size for your tank. If you cant find that then maybe you can find some sand under the name yardright (i think thats what its called).
If you cant find that then look here http://www.purearagonite.com/
they sell the same sand as southdown just under a different name. You can use the sand depth calc on this site or the one at the site above to figure how much sand you need for a depth of 2-3".
Yes you can save some $$ if you get dry base rock or wet base rock and then get some nice rocks for the top of the aquascape. Have you looked online for live rock? How bigis your tank.
for $85/45lb box. It comes to about $3/lb after shipping. I just got a box from there u can see photos under this forum I think.