Is charcoal a consideration? If you're hosting friends it usually means you have time, and it tastes great. you could even smoke a pork shoulder and have pulled pork ready if they come over in the late afternoon.. or a brisket if time is really permitting.
I don't see any hot sales online, but kettles (premium or master touch, with the ash bucket) are relatively cheap and it can tie you over until you get a deal on a gas grill you want. If you go to the stores, there may be some clearances like how the other fellow saw one at rona. they're usually not advertised online.