One of the biggest reasons I have heard some people promote vegetable gardening is to save money by not having to buy vegetables at the grocery store.
Seasoned veterans at gardening I think that's true because you have experience and have already bought the supplies.
Now please excuse me for this is just my opinion, but how is it possible for the beginning gardener to save money by growing your own vegetables? To make a area big enough to plant enough crops you are going to need at least a few tools.
You can go the cheapest route possible by just having a shovel and starter plants. Dig up the ground, use the shovel to turn it over and what not. Go online to get information and do the best you can do with limited resources if you do not have the money to get everything else. But without materials for some fencing, fertilizer, and pest control products (organic or not). Some of your crops will fall victim to nature.
Personally, I do not garden to save money on vegetables. I garden because I like it, it's therapy to me, and I like home grown veggies. I spent quite a bit of money on lumber to make the raised beds, fencing, fertilizer, some tools, etc.
So I sum this post up with a question. Do you think it is possible for the beginning gardner on a tight budget to save money by growing your own vegetables?