Ditch the kits!!!!!
Buy a recipe book, or just use the recipes here on this site. You'll likely learn something along the way.
Buy some bulk hops and bulk DME. You'll save 50% or more this way.
Austin Homebrew kits have been awesome for me though. I have done 3 and all have been great. I thought I had a problem with some yeast they shipped me. I called and they talked me down off the ledge. Top notch customer service from Forrest and his crew. They are knowledgeable and nice, two qualities most customer service reps usually lack.
Hot on left, cold on right, $^*t rolls downhill, and paydays on Friday. You're now an apprentice plumber.