I make bread the "old fashioned way" - kneading. It's really not that much more work. Once you're done kneading, it's only a matter of leaving it alone to rise. Punching it down. Leaving it alone again to rise. And then popping it in the oven.
The maximum amount of time (total) that I spend on the bread is 30 minutes. And that's when I'm making an elaborate bread. Usually it's more like 10 minutes. This time is interspersed. Not all at once.
So, if I were you, I'd save your money, keep on the lookout for a good deal on a bread machine. But, in the mean time, know that you can do all that a bread machine does by hand. With not too much trouble. I actually prefer oven baked and hand kneaded breads. I find they taste better, for some reason.