Hum, can I just say something?
There seems to be a lot of expense being gone to here for someone just starting out. I'm starting out in oils and I'm using an old plastic palette I used for acrylics and a bunch of old tubes of Winton oils I "borrowed" from college years ago and they're working fine so far.
Maybe spending lots of money on paint and palettes is less important than getting lots of surfaces to paint on and lots of paint to slap on them.
Anyway, just my two bob's worth.