I would suggest not trying any alternative types of processing until you do it the official way first. Then you can compare them.
As far as fixer goes, Kodak C-41 fixer is cheap, just about the cheapest you can get, and can be used for b&w film and paper as well. Very economical.
Final Rinse is used with today's films in place of the old Stabilizer to prevent fungal growth.
It all may seem complicated but it is not really, if you don't mess with the regenerators to start with. Just developer, bleach, fixer, final rinse. See the sticky at the top
of the page in this forum for more help on finding chemistry.
Lastly, mixed color developers can have a long life if you store them properly. If stored in glass or high quality plastic containers filled to the top, they can last years.
The key is minimizing oxidation. I reuse bleach and fixers 2-3 times.
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