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A lot to unpack there. Telling somebody what clubs to buy is like telling someone what car to buy. It depends....
I'll just add this Tour Edge and Wilson make quality clubs which you could get new and fitted in your price range and are generally available everywhere. There are DOC (direct to consumer) brands like PXG and Sub 70 which are solid and you can order to your spec. You can probably get them in your price range.
Opinions are like butt-holes everyone has one and everyone else's stinks. But in my opinion. If I were you I'd continue to play the clubs you have and just replace the 7-iron. Or not, depending on how often you use it. Or what your gapping looks like. Let's say you hit your 8 iron 150 yards. If you hit your 6 iron 160 yards.... well, then why would you want a 7 iron? Anyway, if you play the clubs you have and join your local CC, you can test other members clubs when you play with them. Just say. "Hey, nice clubs. I'm thinking about new ones. May I hit one?" That way you can get to test a lot of stuff.
Black Friday sales on discount sites like Rock Bottom Golf can be enticing. And that's not too far away. Or wait a little while longer when new stuff starts coming out because all of this year's stuff will start to be discounted more and more.
Circa 2016, I played a couple of seasons with 48-54-60 in wedges. My 9i was 42*, so I would hit it for half and 3/4 swings to fill in the longer cells in my wedge distance matrix.
For you, a 49-54-59 could work. Or, if you like the 60*, a 48-54-60.
On the loft gaps between wedges: Some golfers bend them to have, for example, 5 degrees between their wedges. Others find wedges they like, such as 50-56-60, and simply make allowances for less than perfect distance gaps.
Also, many golfers don't do well with a 60* LW on a full swing. If you do well with your 60*, go for it. If the 60* is iffy on full shots, you might drop back to a 58*. (Golf Digest did a survey of tour pros a few seasons back. For half, the highest-lofted wedge was a 58*.)
Of course, just like a youtube video. If you are just going to watch it and then expect it to change your swing you will be disappointed.
Similarly, if you are just going to get a lesson from a pro and expect it to change your swing, you will also be disappointed.
A couple of things.
You certainly can learn any way you want to. Do what works for you.
Notice in my post I said "swing coach", not "pro". I see many pros who aren't coaching. That's why it may take a while to find one who's right for you. Took me a while.
I believe a good swing coach will not only help you find a "feel" if you will. But will also help you learn to reinforce those feels as you practice. Then check progress as you go along. I send video back and forth to @iacas between lessons and he's quick to respond and point out if I'm reinforcing the right things. Or, if I'm getting off track. These are things you don't get from some... okay, possibly many "pros". But you DO get these things from a good coach. Incidentally, you normally don't get those things from a youtube video.
Lastly, what ever works for you is great. There's no "right" way to hit a ball. There are some ways will produce better results. There are some ways that are more repeatable and what works for one person won't work for another. Enjoying golf is the goal. Getting better tends to make it more enjoyable. 😁
No reason to be sorry. What you said typed is factual. I'm not offended. 👍👍