Hi there, maybe you know I'm a huge fan of grabbing offers when I can.
In particular, free LE editions giveaways (or for a very small fee, or coming as a bundle with your hardware/software) allow you to save big money in the future, upgrading from LE version to full version even years later, when the Black Friday madness (or what else) comes.
There are several offers throughout the year, just subscribe to the mailing list of the products you're waiting for to be sure not to miss the offer. And be patient.
That's the way I collected plugins and software for many thousands of dollars value, at a fraction of the cost, from 1/4 up to 1/10 (yes, a tenth!) of the retail price.
Also, LE versions could be all that you need if you're not "a professional doing it for living".
Even if you can't go deep into programming details, there is often enough room to have some fun end record pretty decent stuff.
This one is a perfect example