I am what some might call cheap. I prefer words like "thrifty" or even "frugal" (got to bring that word back into use).
Knitting is no different, why waste money on name brand stuff?
Right now my favorite sticks (needles) are homemade bamboo DPN's
They are made from 14inch bamboo skewers (check grocery and out door depts ant local retail store) So far I have found a 1/8in and 1/4 inch diameter skewers. Equal to US3 and US6, they cover most of my needs.
Break one? Who cares, on average they cost me about $0.05 each, and 5 to 10 min's with an emery board or some sand paper, to smooth the sides and tips. With packs of 50 to 100, a replacement is always available. Rub them with a candle, and then apply even pressure as you rub. Friction will soften the wax helping to fill any gaps in the wood
I even cut to different lenghts depending on my current project. Right now I am using a set of 10 7in DPS to knit my Birthday socks (4 per sock, + 1 working needle and 1 cable needle). All the stick I could need for this project, cost me a Quarter. Even got a set of 4in DPS, for knitting glove "fingers" (note: will not go below 5in, in the future; too short and get difficult to handle)
Now where to keep the sheep/bunnies/alpaca's,/camels et all... for cheaper wool?...