there are several different media that will currently qualify for "cheap" that are know to be very good media.
i recently had a "religious experience" type event, when i realized that i would-from-now-on buy taiyo yuden (sold by fuji around here)....i then promptly 'killed the scotsman'....i'm now someone that has a broad knowledge of prices and decided on a price that i can afford whenever i have a need and i keep 300+ blanks. i use jewell boxes for the amount of protection they give.
and i'm a piker compared to some for what i have burned...but i will want these as long as i live. i expect i'll be tranferring to blueray or ultraxray someday.