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Well you pretty much have to put a ballast in for the tail lights if you want to upgrade. The Hella can be found on sale or via Scheidman for $300-400, and I've seen them use for $250 or so. It is a very nice upgrade, and the ballasts are plug n play. I've seen the depo/ebay ones and they look like crap (IMHO) unless you are going for a particular look, and then I guess it doesn't matter.
Headlights--again, its a matter of what you are willing to invest in either time or $$$. Umnitza for $1150 gets you plug n play EvoXR + Orion V4 angel eyes. Or 3-6 hours of DIY + youtube + $370 and you can have new Depo lenses + EvoXR kit (I still have mine for sale from the group buy for $250 + shipping) that will upgrade you to pre-facelift Xenon, and you can always add the AE later if you want to go that route (and I really wouldn't go too cheap here as the time it takes to install/switch out isn't worth the upfront $50-200 savings).
There are (IMHO) no great "cheap" options. If you are going to keep the car for 2 years, the above upgrades will run you about $1-1.50 per day if you were to amortize it out. That is cheap if you look at it that way.