Even as a car enthusiast I don't see it a great idea to spend $800 on your car. That'll get you an intake, catback, and a few other things...barely noticable over a stock car performance wise.
What probably isn't in the other threads on the site is a torque converter with a higher stall. I don't know a ton about this particular engine but most normal cars are set up to take you out of the powerband when the automatic shifts. A higher stall will keep you in the powerband. For whatever reason I don't see a lot of non-musclecars doing this mod, so I'd definitely talk to a mechanic. Plus it's going to hurt your MPG.
? Take the money, buy GOOD summer tires and a helmet, and go to some SCCA autoXs. They're about $35 to enter, one car at a time races on an empty lot made into a track with cones, so it's completely safe. Believe me, there will be plenty of people out there with slower cars and probably 10 other first timers who don't know what they're doing. 5 race events and you'll be a much better driver, and your improved skill will make you a hell of a lot quicker than $800 in bolt-ons would have. Plus it's fun as hell.