Are you kidding me! I spend $83 on a whole bag of running clothes! Shop the Sports Authority sales rack. Shorts and tshirts are less than $10. Also, places you wouldn't necessarily expect to buy running gear - TJ Maxx has all kinds of Nike Reebok and Adidas stuff. Target has the best sports bras on the market for $20 full price. I can't imagine buying an $83 running outfit ...
I think it depends on how much you sweat and how your body handles sweat, Technical running gear can really improve the handling of sweat. Nevertheless it is an artificial high technology product. Gary Null, the health broadcaster-racewalker recommends sticking to cotton which is a more natural product, breathes better and is closer to nature.
Some of the high tech running gear is a little more expensive, Some of the Running stores have periodic sales, Super Runners Shop has some good quality products, but you might want to wait for a sale. I founf the prices at www.holabirdsports.com to be pretty reasonable.
The running/cycling store on Martine and Mamaroneck Avenue has nice clothing and you get a discount for being NYRR member. They can have some good sales 50% off. Also I have found that Modell's can have some running clothes from time to time and even Target if you know what you want. I found that the NYC Marathon expo had great clothing from Asics and the Footlocker had some as well as Paragon with some discounts.
Am a bit late on this thread here, but, I go window shopping and get a sigh of relief after scanning, with iphone, the barcode on the sticker prices on items that am interested and find out that these prices are about the same on different store outlets. Online store prices can be lower, though, but then you may have to pay for shipment. So, I uninhibitedly go shopping to the Running Company, at Bronxville or at TimeWarner Mall. I've run into unadvertised sales; got a 20% off a $100 asics pair of running shoes the other week. But also have paid up way over $100 on a single pair of compression pants... yikes! Yes, running can be a big health investment.