WikiTiger--I'm interested in getting started with this. How do I get in touch with you?
just ask questions here.
if you want to buy, the easiest and safest method is to use a site called coinbase.com
they will link to your bank account and debit your account via ACH and will give you your purchased bitcoins after the ACH has cleared (generally 4-5 days). your purchase price is maintained as the price at the time of purchase. in other words, if you buy at $300 today and in 5 days when the ACH clears the price is $320, well, you will still get the bitcoins at $300. conversely, if you purchased at $300 today and the price 5 days from now is $280, then you will still be charged the $300 for them.
you can also use localbitcoins.com and attempt to buy from a local person in a face to face transaction. if you do this, please use caution. do it in a safe location like a bank lobby or a busy fast food restaurant.
Bitcoin is still VERY risky. You could lose everything. Do not buy more than you can afford.
for more resources, check out reddit.com/r/bitcoin