Unless there is a sale going on, what you can get for $50 in 2008/9 is probably going to stick.
I would go with a stock pot from the restaurant supply store. It will last the rest of your life, but I believe I paid $50 for mine around 25 years ago...
(Just made soup in it tonight. Nothing sticks, even after all these years. It's Duraware.
Wine is the food that completes the meal.