You'll actually save money. The CF cards / adapter are easy to source but you make sure they are genuine 64MB Sandisk ones for maximum compatibility. Have had issues with other brands. If you need the modbios, I can send you mine or burn your own. It basically flashes on boot, remove the EPROM, and you're good to go.
I picked up an 80cm CRT three days ago, "hid" it in the kids room under some clothes/random stuff. We did a clean up and my partner was none the wiser, just remarking to me - "I must have totally forgot about this TV of yours".
My wife doesn't mind what I buy, what she does mind is mess. And that's a problem as I have much stuff yet little space to store it, and I'm always working on something which means my tools are all over the place. My kitchen table is better stocked than Jaycar!