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Apologies in advance if this has been covered before. If so, please refer me to the thread and this will die a quiet death.
If not, what are your recommendations? I've basically just got the fonts that came with my computer, plus a few free fonts I was able to find. What fonts are essential for a collection? What fonts will be most widely useful in graphic design? What packages are cost-effective?
Please keep in mind that many people (read: me) cannot afford the wishlist fonts. I'm just trying to figure out a good, cheap starting point. Concurrently, if there are any font-purchasing strategies to avoid, please let me know.