If you feel like a good chunk of your paychecks are going directly into Jeff Bezos' pockets, you're probably not wrong. It's easy to spend far too much money on Amazon. Sure, many of the things you buy are essential items that you'd buy elsewhere if you didn't get them on Amazon, but plenty of the other things you purchase might not be necessary. (I know that's hard to hear, but I'm talking to myself too here.)
Amazon makes it easy to see how much money you've spent on Amazon in total. You can also find out how much you spent this year and in years past, as well as how much you received in refunds.
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How to check your Amazon spending
- Log into your Amazon account on a computer (it'll only work from the web, not from your mobile or tablet devices).
- Use this link for direct access to your reports, or tap Accounts & Lists in the top-right corner of your screen.
- Select Accounts from the drop-down menu and tap Order and Shopping Preferences.
- Tap Download Order Reports.
- From there, you can choose the report type (Items, Orders and Shipments, Refunds, or Returns) and the start and end dates. You can also name your report for future reference.
Any report you create will remain under the Your Reports section so you can access them at any time. Your report might take a while to process. You'll receive an email when it's ready. If your report fails or is taking too long to complete, your list of purchases might be long. You might need to alter the dates to choose a shorter period of time and end up with two or more spreadsheets.
How to analyze the data
After you receive the CSV files, you can open them in your preferred spreadsheet application like Microsoft Excel, Google Sheets, OpenOffice Calc, Apple Numbers. Use the summing spreadsheet function to see how much you spent.