There are 4 Simple steps to purchasing Solana NFT's if you are brand new to crypto.
You will be setting up a place to buy Solana (Step 1) and a safe place to put your Solana (Step 2).
Step 1: Buy some Solana on an exchange - this is easy to do!
Open an account with Coinbase, FTX or Binance. These are exchanges where you can buy Solana (SOL) which is the base currency of the blockchain
Search for Solana and "Buy with Cash" (Just like transferring money from one bank to another bank, very easy)
When you are done, you will have a balance of Solana
Step 2: Download & set up your wallet (“Phantom”)
The Phantom wallet is a web-browser plugin
Download the Phantom wallet extension in Chrome / Brave / Firefox and install it. Like Metamask for Eth, this is a browser plugin wallet than enables you to interact with smart contracts on the Solana blockchain
Once installed, click the phantom icon in the top right and select "Create a new wallet" and use a strong password
IMPORTANT NOTE: It will ask you to write down a "seed phrase". A seed phrase is a key to your wallet that should never be shared. Write it down and keep it safe and NEVER lose it. If anybody gains access to this seed phrase, they will take control of your wallet
When you finish this, you will have an empty wallet. Now we will need to transfer your Solana over
Step 3: Transfer SOL from the exchange to your Solana Phantom wallet
Your Phantom wallet has an address at the top you can copy (think of it as your bank account number that you tell people to send money to)
Once you’ve copied your address go to your exchange (Coinbase / FTX / Binance) and click “Transfer your Solana” to another wallet
Paste your Phantom address here and send the amount of SOL you’d like
At present Degen Ape Academy apes start at 30 SOL and Degen Trash Pandas start at 2 SOL for the most affordable NFTa
Step 4: Now head to a Solana auction site & buy an Ape or Trash Panda
Go to the Magic Eden or Solanart auction sites, search for Degenerate Ape Academy or Degenerate Trash Panda. Links below:
At the top of the auction webpages, click “Connect your wallet”. This connects your phantom wallet to the webpage
You can now browse the available collection and purchase your shiny, new NFT, congratulations!