$$ is scarce (why I'm posting in the frugal gardening part of the forums), but enthusiasm is high.
NuSkewl, composting does not require a lot of money, but enthusiasm is important, so it sounds like you have everything you need to start composting.
It's really easy and you'll be amazed at all the "Black Gold" you'll get when it's finished.
Here is the list I use of things you can put in your compost and things you should NOT put in your compost. I don't add any dirt to mine, but some people do. Compost needs both air and water, so you have to keep your pile/bin moist, but NOT wet. It should feel somewhat like a damp sponge.
I try to turn my compost a couple of times a week, whenever possible, but I really can't do that in the winter where I live
and you probably can't either since you live in Ohio.
What TO Compost
Common "Brown" (high-carbon) Ingredients
Hay and Straw
Corncobs, Stalks, Vegetable Stalks
Shredded Paper (no colored ink)
Wood Chips and Sawdust
Wood Ash (in moderation)
Common "Green" (high-nitrogen) Ingredients:
Grass, Lawn Clippings, Fresh Leavesweeds
and Other Garden Wastes
Eggshells, Coffee Grounds, Paper Filters
Kitchen Scraps, Vegetable & Fruit Parings
Horse and Cow Manure
Feathers, Hair, Lint, Sweepings
What NOT to Compost (details)
Chemically-treated Wood Products
Meat, Bones, and Fatty Foods
Plastic, Glass, or Metals
Paper with Colored Inks
In the fall, when I have an abundance of leaves, I mulch them up and put some in my bins, but all the rest I store in paper yard waste bags (after I have mulched them), then I keep them in my garden shed to use as I need them. When summer comes and I have a lot of grass clippings I put some in the bin and then add the leaves I've saved, along with other things I have (produce, coffee grounds, etc.) In the winter I just keep adding any produce, hair, dryer lint, coffee grounds, etc. as I get them.