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It will be a lot of reading a bunch of annoying arguments in the calibration forum, I've read most of them, but there is a 90% or so consensus on this point:
1) Spectracal or Chromapure is fine, just MAKE sure that if you buy ONLY a colorimeter that you get one with a custom offset, and I like CP's offsets better.
2) You will not need the Spectrophotometer at first, you can always buy it later if you want to ensure absolute accuracy as your meter ages.
3) Some will disagree with # 2 and say spend the $1000+, but I will repeat YOU CAN ALWAYS buy it later or get a USED one.
If you want to save money, get the RETAIL version of the D3 / i1 and send it to a forum member who is capable enough to make an offset for FREE for you and will ship it back.
That is all I can think of to really save money,otherwise it's going to cost $300 to $500 even if you get a SALE deal from Mike @ AVS. If choosing the spectro vs. the colorimeter, well only buying an expensive spectrophotometer (even though more accurate) isn't that fun because it makes the calibration go much slower, and if you are just learning calibration you will get frustrated with the update speeds (though not sure HOW FAST the latest spectro is, it is faster but it costs like $1500+).
Mike knows quite a bit about the different meters, though he isn't going to give you the "argument sakes" side of it as they do in the calibration forums.