Since there is no special requirement and brand is not an issue, just get whichever you feel is good bah. There is really not much difference difference since the sensor size in the cameras are about the same.
Personally I think if you want a good but (considerably) cheaper camera, it would have to be the older Canon Ixus models. If not go for Fujifilm. Cheap and good if your budget's higher, go for Panasonic LX3 -- Awesome SLR-quality shots!