Non-greasy styling products with hold for 3a/3b (that won't break the bank)

Still on the search for a HG but the closest I've come is DevaCare ArcAngel and Set It Free. However, they're both pretty pricey and I'm looking for something more affordable. I've tried the Shea Moisture line and all the products were way too oily for my hair. Typically in the past I've done best with gels, something with a moderate to strong hold. I have long, thick, low-porosity hair so price is especially important since I need to use a lot of product. I've attached a pic of my curls on a good day. Any suggestions?

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Hi Konkie44, I hear you: most people love SheaMoisture but their stylers are too heavy and greasy for me. I love gels - they give great hold without the oily greasy mess that most creams will give. My favorite gels are a bit on the pricey side, but they last a long time if you wash only twice a week. They are: Ouidad Climate Control Heat & Humidity Gel DevaCurl Light Defining Gel There are some great drugstore finds that won't cost too much. Garnier is an old drugstore favorite of mine, and I hear great things about Garnier Fructis Pure Clean Styling Gel. If you want to keep the search online, check out CurlMart's Finds Under $10. U R Curly is another favorite Brand of mine, and their gel is pretty dang good. I hope this helps! 
I also love gels. The one I like is the la looks sports gel, and Eco styler gel 
Thanks for these ideas! I got lucky and found a 32 oz bottle of DevaCare Arc Angel for $25 on Amazon. I definitely will consider these other recommendations in the future.