Had the day off today and was in town anyway so visited Waylands Forge to check out the single cards.
Spent much longer looking through them than I planned but came away with some decent things that I'd wanted, and some cards I'd never heard of that looked good.
Finished making deck number 2 based on a pre-constructed beginner deck that had a lot of the more expensive cards I fancied in it anyway. The black deck (with a hint of blue) that I made lost at work, but I drew 5 or 6 mana in a row which is pretty hard for a vampire based deck to live through. Such is Magic. Will keep it the same and try again, but I have more confidence in the new deck.
And besides, this one's a lot more 'Dominion' and fun.
Up to 500 non land cards now and the budget idea has long gone out of the window. One set of e-bay card yet to arrive, and one auction for the remaining card I fancy still to end. Other than that I'm not buying until the next expansion hits.