For light-duty I don't think you need to spend anything close to $300. I bought a Foodsaver V3240 ($120 at Amazon) this spring and so far it works great. I use it primarily for leftover meat (both cooked and raw) and bulk hops (for homebrewing). Has wet and dry settings. I've done three back to back to back jobs sealing meat into 1.5 pound portions and it didn't complain. It wouldn't handle dozens of consecutive runs I'm sure, but it doesn't sound like that's your thing. Just a decent light-duty sealer.
A vacuum sealer is a nice tool to have. I have no regrets buying one.