Welcome to the forum, John.
I am not sure where to start, where you want to start?
There are many good books and videos on using the router to achieve various projects.
I am a triton fan for many years and find your post ambiguous and confusing.
I cannot see where you would need "almost $1,000 of new "stuff".
Can you please list what "Kreg's people" told you to buy?
I don't mind if other members disagree with my comments.
I don't profess to know everything, and I may learn something new.
"Never attribute to malice that which is adequately explained by stupidity."