To add to what Allen said, part of enjoying woodworking is learning what woods you like to work with. Try to get in some small projects, like boxes and organizers, that will let you work with a variety of woods to see what fits your fancy. Most yards have small scrap bins and pre-planed wood. Also pick some projects with some small challenges to build your skills, like doing tenons or a few dove tails. I think we've all built something utilitarian out of some exotic wood, then shot brads in it, then regretting not doing some other way.
I've gotten where I've found some woods I like for the majority of my builds, but still pickup scraps to play with and try out. For the stand-by woods I like (Oak, Maple, & Cherry) I'll buy at least 50 bd ft or more to have on hand, even for a small project, which gives you the option to find the right grains and character in the mix for your project.
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