A couple things to consider. Radio is like any other skill we have. Anybody can throw a punch but that doesn't make them a fighter. The same goes for radios, anybody can turn one on and push the PTT button but that doesn't make you an radio guy. The point is that skills are perishable and understanding how to use a radio is no exception. Additionally when it comes to our gear we are all familiar with concepts of good, better, and best and good enough. With that being said comms gear should fall into the same category as medical gear and fighting gear. Buy once cry once so spend the money on quality gear that will last you for many years to come. Some of my radios are over a decade old and still going strong.
Now for the Baofeng part. Baofeng makes a cheap but usable radio, they aren't fancy, they aren't durable, they aren't quality, but they do work. The beauty of Baofeng is that they they are so cheap that they are pretty much disposable. Thus my recommendation is that you go get you ham ticket, learn about radio, and go buy a quality unit or two that will last you a very long time.