I LOVE perfume, and I love collecting it.
By law, there has to be an expiration date listed on all cosmetics. For perfume, it's often 12-24 months, once opened. As if!
This morning I spritzed on one of my favorites, Britney Spears Curious, which my mom bought me ...in 2005. Ten years ago! And guess what? It's still smelling as strong (in a good way) as ever. So much for only getting a year or two out of an opened bottle. To be fair, the cap has been on tightly this whole decade, and it's been out of direct sunlight. This is an experience I've had with all of my perfumes, most of which are more than a year or two old.
Choose what's right for you; this is just my experience, of course. Spritz away!