Since going digital I find myself wondering why on earth anyone would want to print photos. I keep everything filed on the PC and can instantly access any part of my photo collection with a click or two. Which means that I now actually look at my photos. The past ones stored in boxes somewhere never get looked at.
If budget is limited, I'd suggest NOT going to entry level, but rather go second hand good quality. There are people out there who absolutely must have the very latest, so there is a lot of good, hardly used stuff available. (Like my digital video camera for example!).