I have a 25+ year old bench that is a real POS. It is getting to the point that I am feeling fairly unsafe using (rust, shaky supports, etc). Not to mention the fact that nearly all the padding is gone and the supports are so narrow that loading a 25 lb plate on one side will cause the bar to tip. I have an olympic straight bar, EZ curl bar and about 300lbs in weight. There is a lot of great information on building a home gym here, but I have a little different twist that I wanted to explore. The company I work for allows me to expense up to $250 per year in exercise equipment, gym membership, etc. So I'm wondering what the best path is to building a home gym in as close to $250 chunks as possible. My big debate right now is if I should upgrade to a better bench and buy some dumbells to workout with over the next year, or if I should buy the cage this year and deal with my crappy bench a little while longer. I'm leaning towards getting the cage now because I will be able to work out more parts of my body with the cage (squats, pullups, etc) than with the bench alone. Anyone have thoughts on the best way to build a home gym in $250 dollar annual increments? Thanks in advance.