Hi booker21, I too was looking for something to start off with that was not going to break the bank......if you are just a beginner/enthusiast and NOT planing on being a pro calibrator, Spectracal offers some really good starting packages. Check the link below for more info. I went with the i1display OEM meter & Calman5 software ($349), it has been stable and reliable. BTW they offer great tech support and are really good to talk to.
Get them to ship it to your US location, as you will probably save a bundle on duties.