Thanks a lot for the replies and advice, guys!
@poutaten - I know very well that I don't know anything and I wouldn't be able to tell the difference. I'd never take offense at someone saying that. Thanks for the advice! I have it hammered in that I'll be getting my boots first, but didn't know about bindings coming in second.
So I guess then I'll be on the lookout for a cheap board and practice and save up over a year or two for a more specialized one. Makes perfect sense to me. And heck, I am even having fun on RENTALS for now! The rental boots are significantly less fun tho :P