Goodness, buying beads and bead supplies can put you onto the red very quickly. LOL
We settled on Stringing Beaded Jewelry which I felt was the best beginner book. Clear, large pictures and quite a few options. Then we threw our hands up in the air and went for a kit. I just added some glue. I had also surmised that with all my many pliers I was missing the much needed crimpers so we grabbed a pair of them.
Then we just played a bit when we got back. As I keep saying, "we got options!".
I hope you have a red letter day!