I more partial to lizards.
Yes beardies take your time and money. LOL But they truely do make great additions to the family. I couldn't part with my two, they just have so much more personality than expected from a reptile. So if you can get over the fact that you have to have a nice size cage, heat lamp, floresent fixture, bugs and salads, calcium, and vitamins then i would say get a beardie.
If your looking for something a little less demanding then i would say get a snake. I haven't kept balls, but i do have some corns that i wouldn't part with either. It's all up to you. Do some research and find out what best fits your needs.
1.2 Bearded dragons (Login, Raven, & Jean Grey) 1.1.1 Corn snakes(Havoc,Sable, & Kink0 1.5 Leo's (Psyloke (Lucky-male) Speedball, Domino, Rouge, Siren, Elektra) 1.0 Veiled Chams (Neo), 0.1 Rose Hair T. (Night Crawler) 0.0.3 Crested Geckos (Shiva, Storm, Beast) 0.2 Kenyan Sand Boas (Tigra & Cloak)