Chipper, I'm glad you mentioned paint because I found an AWESOME program here in Brevard Cty, FL. Our waste management GIVES AWAY PAINT!! All you have to do is go to the collection center and they let you pick through the cans then give them your zip code. I picked out 4, gallon cans of "light" paint and mixed them. I got about 3 gallons of cream (maybe a bit darker) of exterior paint all free. I also had 3+ gallons of interior paint that I used/am using as a primer. The new plywood sucks up the paint and I only have 3 gallons of the cream exterior so am being frugal with it.
If in the market for paint check out your local waste management. They may have a similar program to take advantage of.