You can be a perfume collector on a very small budget though, and nobody is saying that the only perfumes worth buying or smelling are niche. I can count on the fingers of one hand the times that I've spent over Ł20 on a bottle of perfume and the fact that I can't afford a bottle of Amouage or Creed doesn't stop me from exploring some fabulous and famous scents on a shoestring.
When I can afford a mini or decant of Eau du Soir I buy one, but for the rest of the time I wear the Shalimar that I bought as a part used bottle for Ł15 or the Miss Dior parfum that cost me Ł18. Yesterday a bottle of Gres Cabaret arrived, and it's lovely, and this morning it was followed by a collection of Jean Louis Scherrer mini parfums, which are wonderful.
If the issue is spending too much then that's the issue, but please don't think that your solution is the only solution. Picking up an old Guerlain perfume or a vintage bottle of Joy for a song on Ebay can be a solution too. I wouldn't be surprised if the cost of my whole collection amounts to less than the cost of a single bottle of Amouage or Clive Christian, but it's my collection and I'm happy to explore them without bankrupting myself as I live within my (very meagre) means.
I hope you find a suitable balance with your collecting soon.