You’ll probably never find a better deal on pliers than this $12 pack from Harbor Freight — it includes diagonal cutters, needle nose, lineman’s, slip joint, and groove joint pliers. That’s a bunch of gripping capability for a small payout.
These pliers may not last long enough for you to hand ’em down to your kids, but they do boast a couple of qualities that’ll help you right now: affordability and simple functionality. If you happen to need ’em you don’t have to worry about being gentle either; just do what’s required and replace ’em as necessary.
It boils down to about $2 per tool here. If you think you might find a use for ’em, throw a set in the toolbox.
6-Piece Heavy-Duty Pliers Set [Harbor Freight]