Blasting off at the speed of light!
As unfun as it is, really the answer is to just buy singles. This is the cheapest way. If you want to have fun opening packs, I'd go with the middle option.I am a collector
As a collector, this set marks a turning point for me and how I collect. I used to get a playset of everything, every finish, except FA, SR, and RR. Now with sets getting so big and no sign of getting back to a reasonable size, I'm scaling back to 1 of each finish and playsets of good Pokemon and all trainers. To that end, even a booster box seems like a waste of money as 1 ea. of the commons and uncommons on average will be less than the cost of a booster or close to it. Going my old route generates far too much bulk and the resulting sets are starting to take up too much space.