My Giottos 9180 isn't very expensive. I think it's about $160 in the US. It comes with a built in head and if your camera has a waist level finder I think it's good enough until you feel like adding something better.

http://www.giottos.com/eng_public/fr...ariationID=296

It's not a light tripod. OTOH the choices tend to be cheap,light and strong. Pick two.