First, I guess I should point out that I have no vested interest here - just a peasant who's eager to share!
I like to have several brushes on the go at once, but brushes are really expensive here in Hobbiton. So, I've been browsing the cheap Chinese sites.https://www.aliexpress.com/item/Bgln-9pcs-Set-Round-Painting-Brush-Oil-Paint-Brush-Nylon-Watercolor-Painting-Brush-Acrylic-Brush-Art/32692160975.html
$7.03 US for 9 brushes with free shipping seemed too good to be true. It's not! I really like these. Sure, they're just nylon, but I love how smoothly they paint. My art tutor has a set now too.
I'm now experimenting with a set of these:https://www.aliexpress.com/item/9Pcs-set-Master-Bristle-Round-Oil-Painting-Brush-Mix-Size-Solid-Wood-Pole-Artist-Oil-Acrylic/32744692458.html
They're not perfect - a few stray bendy bristles here and there, but overall pretty good for under $14 US.
I've picked up a few more bargains along the way, but enough for now. Anyone else have any money saving tips for us poor folks?
 ...and don't get me started on paint prices!
 My tutor said she had a Chinese student who had some beautifully rich Chinese paint. Not sure I want to risk Chinese chemicals, but paint's usually not all that good for you anyway. Maybe something to try for plein air?