I've basically given up on being a primarily 3D artist in favor of doing stuff I could draw without pre-made purchased content and learning a totally new field. But...I had faithfully checked the Daz Studio website daily (and much less often Renderosity and cgshare.com) for new releases and special deals. That really did pay off over black Friday and Cyber Monday. I bought a few things on sale 50-70% that I think I really needed (such as a pre-made and lit skydome set) I just need to know most of my practice will come in the form of working on posing and lighting. I also need to continue to check DAZ website for their fast grab "70% off" section for things I want that I could really use.
Now I'm by no means establishing myself as a primarily 3D artist (I've settled that before) but it is a nice side hobby that may someday pay off in a way I cannot forsee yet.