I've got $175 in Lowe's gift cards in the mail (Credit Card reward points I forgot about for 2 years).
I've got the basics. Sockets, wrenches, pliers, stuff to beat on other stuff, and stuff to stick it back together, and a box to hold it all. Don't need a stand-up tool box yet, as much as I want one.
Garage is basically a clean slate. While the previous homeowner was content nailing a bunch of shit to the inside of the house, they more or less left the garage alone.
Not so much worried about piecing together the little stuff like bike hooks and tool hangers. I need storage or work space.
I'm competent and planning on buying some gently used power tools off craigslist depending on how this decision making goes.
So with $200 to spend at Lowe's and an empty garage, can I afford enough lumber to build a work bench, shelving, or both? This is a crucial decision to be made before I step into the big boy toy store. Last time, I went to Lowe's to buy a socket to change my diff fluid, I left with a tool box. Time before that we went to buy home air filter, I left with WD40 and an extension cord and no filters. It's a problem.