You might save some money by finding a good home brew supply near your area. My brother and I bought the equipment you see in the photo and all of the ingredients to make that batch for $70. Check for a store nearby first.
I ordered a recipe kit from northern brewer and it's top-notch. All of the ingredients are fresh and the yeast is in the convenient liquid form. The recipe included instructions. Shipping costs from MN to TX might be more for you though.
As for bottles and bottling, the easiest way to acquire enough bottles (roughly 45 needed to fill a 5 gallon batch) is to drink a lot of good craft brews while the batch is brewing. All you have to do is wash the empties out and sanitize them.
We brewed an American Amber Ale for the first batch. It was bottled yesterday, so I'll get to taste the finished product in a couple more weeks. The flavor of the "green", uncarbonated fermented beer kinda resembled Bass Ale or similar full flavored Ales. Most home brewers brew Ales because Lager yeast requires steady temperatures of 50-55 degrees so a huge refrigerator is requires to hold that temp. Ale yeast can ferment just fine at 70-75 degrees.
I'm sure most fermenter buckets are the same. It is convenient to have a bucket with a spigot attached for bottling though.
Want to see a thurough demonstration of the entire extract brewing process? Check out the extract brewing DVD from www.basicbrewing.com
. It helped me understand the entire process to see it all happen. In a nutshell, If you buy a recipe kit and follow the instructions and keep everything sanitized
, you WILL get good beer.