I picked up a starter pack on Amazon for about £30, bunch of LEDs, resisters, buttons, a servo, a stepper motor and controller board, and an Arduino UNO R3 clone. I've since ordered 600 more resisters (it was about £3!), 50 RGB LEDs (again, £3), some shift registers, transisters, battery cases, switches and jumper cables. And servos. And a set of helping hands. And a solder sucker. Oh and some motors.
And a multimeter.
""I like my women like I like my coffee. In a plastic cup.""