For basic automation I would encourage you to continue with excel and learn to use macros and vba to achieve what you want. There are a few benefits to sticking within the excel ecosystem;
- Your existing excel data is more easily accessible
- It seems like you already have baseline excel expertise which you can build upon
- There is a wide variety of support resources tackling the same issues you face, such as /r/excel
There are obviously downsides to using excel which you have to weigh up.
To get a taste of what you can do, here is a quick intro that add's a button to a spreadsheet to automate a fairly mundane printing task and guides you through the excel developer tools needed to achieve what you want see:
A more thorough course can be found here - I haven't taken this course - but did review it for it's content and suitability for someone at your level: