I do not spend less on Maplestory2 Mesos and'm considered underfunded, but get around it. I've got friends that give me their"bad scrolled" items which are better than mine, even if they screwed up their scrolling it. There are some really nice MS players out there that are going to help you too. As for getting mesos, you can sell boss drops and such. I tend to NPC most things because of hating the free market. Just look for a few people around and talk to them.
You would be suprised that they may help you..or even invite you for their guild. Then someone out of my guild basically gave me bad"CRA" equips. We all I need are the pants and got the entire set. Meanwhile, I hope fighting GOLLUX too for his rings and such. I am also doing Commerci ship quests for your sweetwater items. You may think trying for these too.
There was also a poster which made a list awhile back about how to find some good equips. He drops nova equips, which are thought of as 2nd best equips in game.Do Crimsonwood questline to open managers Gollux and Commerci up. He drops decent confront accessory/eye accessory.
Fight ordinary horntail. He drops a nice ring.Monster park tends to have alot of drops inside. Try playing for a set of items which you can sell or use yourself.level 150 ghost boat has greatest badge in game, so do that questline.Get alot of reward points to use cubes, hammers, and stuff to update equips.take benefit of occasions. They sometimes have great items.Don't be reluctant to update current equips if you believe you will have them long time.