Thanks for all the great info guys. I guess I'll start with cheap color negatives and mini-lab processing to get the ball rolling.

I had forgotten about a lens hood so cheers for bringing that up. I'll get a lens cleaning kit too. I'll leave the night shooting stuff for when I have more experience (and money).

Anything wrong with this lens hood and cleaning kit price or quality wise?

Point taken on minilab processing. I do have one close by in a chain department store but I don't know about the quality. A thread here suggests it's not the best and that it may not be around for much longer:
I'll check them out over the weekend.

Thanks for the film recommendations. I'll check out the 200 ISO Superia. Definitely interested in shooting and developing b&w in the future.