Then what in gods name am I supposed to do to hold up this darn tank?!?! I can't figure it out for the life of me!, What do people who don't make their own stands or buy ADA's $900 ones! Jeez!
Do you want something that will last or something you will have to replace in a few years?
I have a 55 gallon stand made of pine that has lasted 16 years and it still looks great.
You could get a solid wood stand and canopy at the LFS for about $200 to $300.
And remember it is a hobby.
Anything hobby related is not a necessity and you will have to pay unless you become a DIYer.
My 90 gallon stand and canopy has about $150 in materials including stain and varnish.
LFS price was about $420 unfinished. Meaning I would have to sand, paint and varnish it myself.
I saved about $300 which was enoughy money to buy Flourite, driftwood, plants and a Marineland 350 canister.
I can't tell how old you are by your post or whether you are a male or female or student.
I am by no stretch of the imagination rich.
I held up my 55 gallon up with bricks for two years before I was able to buy a good stand.
Try bricks. They are about $1.00 at Homedepot and depending on your decor it could be a compliment.