Welcome to the CEH track. I am on the same track myself. I think that would be a good option, but since you have a limited budget I will recommend the cheapest options first rather than spending a ton of money up front. Check your local library (either county or college), for $1.50 in late fees you can get a good CEH education. I would highly recommend the CEH Official by Kimberly Graves to give you a good understanding of what you need, then fore a deeper dive you have the Exam Prep CEH by Michael Gregg. Gregg gives a really good explanation of everything you read in the Graves book and them some. Including exercises at the end of each chapter. I haven't been through the exercises yet, but I would imaging if you just downloaded Backtrack you would be able to follow along.
If you are unable to locate the books at the library then you may be able to use Craigslist or Freecycle to get the books for free. (Information Security is all about giving back!)
If you are employed in a technical role, you may be able to get the company to purchase the materials for you. At the very least see if your company has access to Books24x7. There are a few CEH books on there and they add new books each week!
I am lucky that where I work there are others who have taken the CEH, we have Books 24x7, I have a good college library, and my company also provides money for a training budget.
Good luck and don't give up your dream!
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