To stay within your budget, T-Fal is the absolute best option. If you can squeeze a little more into your budget, I would recommend moving up to an anodized aluminum type of pan, such as Calphalon or Analon. (I recently upgraded to a mixture of both Calphalon & Analon, having used the same set of T-Fal pans for over 10 years). This past week, I was at the local Meijers (similar to Wal-Mart/K-Mart, based out of MI), and picked up a 1 qt sauce pan (anodized aluminum), made by an Italian company called Bialetti. $14.99 was a very reasonable price, and the quality is comparative to the Analon & Calphalon. Not familiar with what all Bialetti offers in this line, but might be worth a little research for you to see if your budget will allow it.