Originally Posted by Malibooya
Keep your chin up bro.
If you want it, keep working and you'll make it happen. There are plenty of wheels out there that would bolt on nicely to your Escort I bet. What's the bolt pattern?
You could probably get a nice setup (wheels and tires) for less than $800. It's achievable.
If you watch Craiglist, you can get them even cheaper than that. I got my EAP's with almost new tires for $450, and I've seen wheels with half or more tread go for as low as $200.