I started with CM, as well. My first album was one I did for my grandmother, focused on my dad's life. Whoa, is it scary to look at that thing now. Anyway, I probably spent $150 or so on the album and all of the things to make it. However, making that album got me hooked, and that's when the serious money came in. But to start, I'd say around $150, and that was 10 years ago.
Today, those "scrack" dealers lure me to their corners several times a month, and let's not even talk about the ones that invade my inbox and sing their siren call.