Coming to this discussion late. But there's options that can give you both man!
How much to spend? If you only have a couple hundred you can get a brewing steup for all-grain or buy a cheapish fridge.
I've never seen any of those "deals" on Craigslist people brag about but maybe that's just my region. But it's a good place to look.
But! For only $20 one can get two 38 gallon totes w/lids at Walmart. Each will just barely hold two 7.9 gal fermentors. Frozen PET bottles or ice-packs keep my ales in the proper temp range. Even in our hot summers. Throw some blankets over and there's insulation...
Could this approach get someone a brewing rig and temp control for around a couple bones? You bet!