At a store, or online?
Extech makes nice meters, not too expesive.Find one with autoranging, probes, maybe a thermocouple.I got an Extech EX330 for ~$30-40 with all that, works very nice.I also got by for many years with a simpler Radio Shack meter that just did the basics, with no autoranging.
I don't have a multimeter, can anyone recommend one to get? I'm in the US.
Here is a decent review of a bunch of $50 class DVMs.http://www.eevblog.com/2010/06/04/eevblog-91-50-multimeter-shootout/Lefty
Wow, looks like when I picked mine up on sale I got a pretty good deal!
I think I may get a super-cheap one tomorrow, and then upgrade to a decent one (like yours, hopefully when there's another sale).
I'm a fan of low-cost/cheap too.My favorite is an older version of this one:http://www.radioshack.com/product/index.jsp?productId=2104114#tabsetBasic....Another thing I use alot is a logic probe. Mine is 35 years old butyou can get better ones now for a bout $18 at frys.http://www.frys.com/product/6508023...If you have a bigger budget, then a full USB based logic analyzer is fantastic.This can tell you what multiple pins are doing as well as decode the signals.I really like this one:http://www.saleae.com/logic--- bill
One of the things you should realize is that almost all multimeters are based on the same "Multimeter on a Chip" family from Maxim. ... Which means, build quality is about the only real differentiator. .. If you aren't going to use and abuse the thing every day, the $50-100 "off-brand" units have much of the same internals as the much more expensive Flukes...