because u call urself new to jeans, i highly advise just going out to try as many jeans as possible with absolutely no intention of buying. the idea here is u will become aware of what u like, don't like, what suits u, etc. take the sales ppl with a grain of salt and just be honest to urself.
go home, think about the fits and styles u wore, and look at your current wardrobe and you will get an idea of what ur after.
aforementioned brands that should fit budget wise, unbranded jeans at urban outfitters, uniqlo jeans, naked and famous, gap, etc. i would avoid apc for now, since their sizing would drive u crazy.
if u then kno exactly what u want, u can search the sale forums here for a good deal or support your local shop of course