It's a difficult one regarding budget.
I'll be honest in the past when I've researched a product online I had a tendency to spec myself something way above my needs.
Although I do enjoy researching products and I'd rather do this then say watch tv.
It's all too easy and I suspect a lot of people do this, you read reviews and convince yourself that you can't possibly live without the top of the line product for your modest needs.
Recently I've really tried hard to control myself and limit my budget, I mean I drink one black coffee a day. Instant coffee tastes dire but that doesn't mean I need to spend £500 plus on an all singing and dancing setup, which I would have done a year ago.
So that's why an aeropress will be fine and I'm deciding if a £35 grinder will be up to the job or if I really will notice a big difference with say a second hand mc2.
But like I said, I enjoy browsing, watching and reading reviews, so I'm happy to keep researching