If you are not in a hurry for your plants, you should try making it to the February meeting. Plants usually go for a dollar a bag and there is no shipping involved, only the cost in gas to get to the meeting. You'll definitely get healthier plants than if you order online
Once the meeting date gets a little closer, people will usually list what plants or fish (sometimes even shrimp) they can bring to the meeting.
This is a bad time of year to look for swimming pool supplies. I know the Leslie's by the Dayton Mall carries filter sand during the spring and summer months. In the past this was a natural color and is closer to "gravel" size than actual sand. Watson's is geared more towards indoor Recreation Room stuff (pool and foosball tables, etc) this time of year.