Welcome to the pipe side of things Shibby! In answer to your question about a good cheap pipe, I would recommend a corn cob pipe (get the Missouri Meerschaum brand, everything else is junk) they are under $10 and are great smoking pipes. I myself have several, and I smoke them just as often as my briar pipes. In regards to the tobacco question, it depends what you are looking for in a tobacco, the short answer is (in my opinion) yes, it just depends on what you are looking for in a tobacco, and what you consider cheap. Many consider Carter Hall, and Prince Albert to be perfectly acceptable tobaccos.