We were slightly late in accommodating Axure RP in our work space. Worth it and definitely recommend to all designers.
Coming from design background, Axure RP was very easy to learn and didn’t have to sell a kidney to buy the licence too. ☺
You can build high fidelity prototypes very close to the final website you have planned for the project. And churning these prototypes are much much quicker and easier.
There are a lot of paid and free widgets you can try out. Free widgets do take care of so many functionalities.
For hands on experience we tried out the trial version and played around a couple of widgets like humble UX slideshow.
There are also video tutorials for Beginners.