Mike:

Price is always an issue with me...

Keep your eyes on ebay. I picked up a Gossen Lunasix 3 (not the youngest of instruments) for about $20.00. Its easy to use and easy to read.

It's incident metering only and doesn't have d*g*tal readouts or lcd screens and it can't be used with an electron microscope (at least I don't think so...) but it works fine and is always in my camera bag.

If you're not in a hurry, you should be able to pick up a decent one for a song...or maybe a dance...