Forgive me but there is a difference in "cheap" and "economical". I fully understand starting out you don't want to spend a lot of $'s trying different products. Opinions are eaisly found on this site, and there is nothing wrong with that. But sometimes you have to try a few different things to find what is right for you.
For what it is worth: I started with a VDH brush and soap puck. Brush was OK, didn't like the soap. Got some Col.Conk soap and tried, same thing it was OK but I was not impressed. I was contemplating giving up the wet shaving thing then I decided to try CO Bigelow shave cream. WOW it was great.
Next I changed my brush, then blades, then razor........ Long story short I've now purchased many soaps, razors, blades, and etc... you get the picture.
Good luck, don't get discouraged. Members here are GREAT. I will bet if you are willing to hang in there and wait someone will have a PIF or a good deal in the BST section and you can score a great item free or "economically".
Merkur 38M, Semogue 1305, Vulfix 2235S, Mama Bears, CO Bigelow and Clubman