david,

got to love the 99c store . I shot their yellow and blue box films for a year before trying portra. switched for a year, and have been working through a supply of 'mom and pop NOTHING OVER 99c' store past date (09/08) Kodak gold 200 in the 4 roll packs. so 25c/roll for me was the better deal, and I've found the gold to have a more pleasing color balance for my work.

but yes, gotta stick it to the man . I'm a college student, and the only thing I have time do work-wise with my current school schedule is collect cans/bottles. Averaging $80-100/week, so having a cheap source of good film is imperative to me being able to shoot

-Dan