My own experience was that I was unable to make any progress in my cigar-rolling technique until I used some decent wrapper and decent binder (from FmGrowit and BigBonner). It was a quantum leap that allowed me to acquire the skill needed to eventually roll well with lower quality leaf. For the price of one night out for dinner, you can rock your cigar world.
Since the baby was born last year (#3 after an 8 year gap, oops!) there haven't been too many dinners out. I'm going to have to work with what I have. Luckily I bought a large amount of pipe tobacco in 2012 -- enough for about 6 years, to give me some time to grow tobacco well enough to begin to supplement/replace some of my blends.
While I love cigars, its really rare that I buy them -- maybe 5 a year. As much fun as it would be to buy a cigar kit it would be a shame to screw it up -- whereas the leaf I have is just sitting there. The last attempt was a big improvement thanks to the guidance here -- I think the next one will be even better.