I agree! you’re damn right I was being lazy, but there was also a substantial amount of apportioning money for other projects, and I really lacked a ‘plan’ for my audio when I started. I did look at some online ‘building a sub enclosure’ and assessed it was something best left to professionals or even amateurs possessing of more craftsmanship and skill than me.
Of course, if I had it to do again, I’d plan first, pick components and go. buy once, cry once.
My point is, you don’t have spend more than 200 bucks to do it right and have a drastic improvement.