Wow. I can't believe I just read this entire thread. That's 10 minutes of my life I'll never get back!
Pinnah- give the picnic tap/bottling wand/rubber stopper method a shot. That's what I do. A couple nights ago I bottled a bunch of hard cider for coworkers and it worked like a charm. And, like others have said, it's essentially free. I had all that stuff just laying around.
I didn't bother to chill the bottles, because I've tried that and still had foaming issues. I think having a wet interior on the bottle makes more of a difference, so I tend to sanitize my bottles and then bottle right away. Of course, cider doesn't really foam up in any situation, so it was much easier. I've had foam issues with beer, but it's really a tiny bit of beer wastage, all things considered.
Enjoy your kegs! I would bet that your beer disappears a lot faster. When I made the switch, my wife said, "If I had realized this would mean no more bottles laying around, I would have bought you a keg setup years ago!" Keg hopping is the bomb.