I felt like L&AirC, pissed that even minimal tools added up quick, but I gave in and spent a grundle of money on waxing and tuning supplies. In general I like using the right tool for the job, so I bought dedicated file guides, good quality diamond files, and the like. And after a bunch of borching about vises I've broken down; I was planning on Toko vises, but now I see that Slidewright carries SkiMan, I might pay a little more for them because they look like they have the widest (e.g. most secure) contact point on the center jaw.
You can also expect a lot of websites to run sales this weekend, but here's what I know at present:
20% off on everything but SVST right now, free shipping over $150.
20% off at Racewax tomorrow (Thanksgiving) and Friday, free 2 day Priority mail shipping over $30. Marc has been responsive to questions.
I hadn't looked at Slidewright, but they've got good prices, and it looks like there's free shipping over $100 or so.
I'm a terrible shopper and am too embarrassed to tell you how much time I've spent checking out every website I could find and carefully comparing prices, so I'd advise not getting too obsessive about it. Fact is, unless you're racing, or are particular about tuning because you used to race, most of the tools sold on any of these sites will work for you. Some are easier, some cheaper, some more convenient; the important thing is that you need to able to make sense of how they work.
If you haven't already, you should watch videos to see how the tools are used. I just found this instructional series on Artech
; it's kind of slow, but it introduces each kind of tool, including different brands, so you can see how the work is done. I also like Willie Wiltz's videos
, which Tognar embed on their tuning tools pages. You can easily spend hours on YouTube that you should probably spend tuning, though.