Check out yard sales for weights, people either start and then stop a weight training program and need the space for yet another miracle machine or they progress and need heavier weights.
If you can't afford weights:
Use plastic gallon milk jugs-fill them with sand or what ever you have around the house to the weight you want. Use you bathroom scale to get the weight you want.
The following books and videos are great. Most may be at your local library:
The Strong Women series by Miriam Nelson:
strong women;stong hearts
Strong women eat well
Strong women stay young
Strong Women stay slim
The website: http://www.strongwomen.com/
Video: Shaping up with weights for dummies
Body for life Bill Phillips (he pushes shakes and food supplements-just read the exercise part
You can watch demonstrations of some of the exercise.
Body for Life for Women by Pamela Pike
Strength Training and Specialty Workouts
These free online cardio, strength training and flexibility workouts will help you burn fat and build lean body tissue. Include pictures, QuickTime videos and descriptions http://exercise.about.com/od/exerciseworkouts/
Finding cheap exercise equipment
49 years old, 5' highest weight-199lbs
. Started SBD Jan 2004, lost 47 pounds in 6 months, then slowly gained it all back.