I thought I would give you all an update on my "shopping" adventures up to now. Since I posted last, I have gotten numerous offers for free 10 gallon tanks on freecycle (such an awesome group by the way), and several e-mails between myself and a few craigslist people.
The thing I want most (cheaply) is the hood...fluorescent hood for live plants and such (they are so expensive!). So someone is offering a tank, gravel, filter, two heaters, 2 decorations, and a hood (she thinks it's fluorescent) for $30.
I hope that's a good deal! I would rather buy all that rather than inherit a free tank and have to purchase a hood separately.
*crosses fingers* Hope this deal works.