Hi College Curly!
I am currently a student myself, so I understand being on a tight budget! I also use suave coconut as a co-wash and a leave in, but here is a link to a site with a HUGE list of silicone free, CG approved products:
I found this to be a great help when shopping for new hair products. It has a whole list of drug-store brand items to try. In fact, Sweetpeacurli's whole site is packed full of easy to understand CG info.
When trying to decide if a new product is CG friendly, you can also reference her list of banned silicone's "cheat-sheet":
. It sounds corny, but i printed out a small copy of the table listed above to bring with me to the store when I am considering a new product - that way I don't waste my money on something I can't use.
Besides that, I use honey A LOT in my routine. I use a tiny bit of it mixed in 50/50 with the suave coconut as a leave-in, and I also use it 50/50 when doing a DT. I found the honey really moisturizes my hair and makes it incredibly soft, while also fighting frizz. You can buy a cheap store-brand bottle at your local discount or grocery store for under $2.00.
I also use Garnier Fructis Curl Shaping Spray Gel and Herbal Essences Totally Twisted curl scrunching gel. Both of these tend to have a stronger hold and dry a bit "crunchy". Lately, as a curl enhancer I have been using use Bioterra Curl Creme, followed by Aura/Naturelle Hypoallergenic styling gel - which both can be bought at your local Sally Beauty Supply for under $10.00.
Lastly, when clarifying, I use a rinse of warm water mixed with either Apple Cider Vinegar or Baking Soda - again bith bought for under $2.00.
Hope that helps! Happy hair product hunting!!