I've decided to add cake decorating as my new hobby. I'm a beginner and just looking for ideas for the must have tools of the trade. My budget it tight so right now I'm looking for the basics. I plan on taking the Wilton I class this summer but so far everthing I'm learning is from here!
I would look at the contents of the Wilton Class 1 for the tips and go from there. There are threads on here of favorite tips and favorite borders. Just to get an idea of what you would like to work on. HTH
Not sure where you live, but always look for Michaels coupons or Joann's. They usually have 40% off coupons in their weekly flyers. This is a good way to stock up and save money.
a good turntable, helps with the icing part. Passion for the art...
I would say the basics are...the Wilton I kit--especially if you're going to take the class, too--and a large offset spatula for frosting your cake, an inexpensive turntable, and a large box of toothpicks. Everything else, you can build up slowly over time like I have. (I was in your shoes last summer; this summer, I have probably $300 worth of decorating crapola! ) Some stuff I prefer to buy every time I start a new cake, like cake boards; they have a tendency to get very ruined very fast in my house, since my cat likes to chew on cardboard.
Also, I personally really love the disposable plastic decorator bags, to the point where that's pretty much all I use. If I were taking the course again, I wouldn't even bother with the parchment triangles.