0orksecurityBest Answer 8 years ago ReplyUpvoteThe "things and tools to have" depends on what you want to do. The most cost-effective solution, until you know your own needs better, is to buy materials and tools only as you need them. That avoids your wasting money on things you _don't_ need, letting you spend the money on either getting higher quality tools (which makes a difference) or being able to afford more supplies for projects (which also, obviously, makes a difference).Yes, this means that you may need to go shopping before starting a project rather than being able to throw it together out of what you have on hand. That isn't necessarily a problem; each trip to the store can be an education in what other tools and materials are available that you might not need now but could use in some future project.The world's best table saw doesn't help if you want to do electronics. The world's best soldering iron doesn't help if you want to work with plastics. Decide what you want to do, decide how you want to do it, then get what you need.