Thanks! I was using MikuMikuDance, but now I'm using Blender. Zero budget Not that I'd switch, I like Blender, but it'd be cool to try out a few ancillary apps sometime, stuff like Substance Painter. (And I suppose I would switch from GIMP to PS in a heartbeat if PS was free. I used to wonder if my deep hatred of GIMP was just blaming my tools, but now that I love Blender, nope, I'm pretty confident GIMP sucks the big one lol)
Hahaha! You are right! But there are some ways of trying out new software. Maya, for example, has an educational version easy to download. It will remind you it's educational when you save, but that's ok. 3D Coat has an "amateur" version, much cheaper than the Pro version - and most of the "Pro" features missing are not so important. Some of this software is available in Steam for a lower price than their own stores! Black Friday might have some good opportunities as well!
Anyways, if you plan to be a hobbyist, having a lean and cheap workflow is ok. If you have plans of becoming a pro, buying some of these software can be seen as an investment, right?