[quote="pierre"]The 50mm prime suggestion is not just that it's sharper (which may or may not matter except on larger prints), but that it's a terrific tool in two ways:
In general terms I agree with Pierre, but the point of the original question was "Here's my current equipent... I've got $250, what should I do to take cool photographs?"
Spending part of their limited funds to pick up another lens just doesn't make sense to me. If they had a 50mm I'd say stick with that. Heck, I'll really go out on a limb, if they only had a point-n-shoot I'd say stick with it.
Having film for your camera and the ability to process your own prints is what is key. The rest is just gettting caught up in the details.