My experience with cutting boards. I keep a maple cutting board for veggies, herbs, breads, carving cooked meats, etc. etc. etc. I have a plastic board, a big one I bought from Sam's Club or Wal-Mart or somewhere for raw meats, and then I also keep flexible cutting boards, the cheapo ones, that I buy from Amazon, or Kroger depending. The Wal-Mart ones are too cheap for me, they don't last as long. I use those whenever I'm chopping a LOT of stuff, makes cleaning the board so much easier. Take it for what it's worth.
The only advice I'd give regarding knives is to give up using a dishwasher for them. Even cheapo knives aren't really meant for a dishwasher. They can go in, but that doesn't mean they 'should' go in. If you want good knives, you're going to want to hand wash those bad boys whenever you're done with them, or wipe them down at the very least and set them aside until you can hand wash them. Good habits for knives!
The Life of the Knife is Ended By! The Wife.