Like many people, I’m a huge Amazon fan. They sell pretty much anything I could ever want and usually at cheaper prices than anywhere else.
Plus, my items get shipped directly to my door so I don’t have to deal with traffic, congested parking lots, or infuriating cashier lines.
But as much as I love Amazon, maybe I spend a little too much there.
This morning I was searching for deals on ebooks I could download to my Kindle Paperwhite and I wondered, “How much have I spent on Amazon over the years?”
To tell the truth I was a little afraid to find out. But eventually I manned up and ran a report to see my full order history.
So how much have I spent on Amazon?
I don’t know how much I was expecting, but seeing that number was a real kick in the nuts.
I consider myself a smart shopper and a generally frugal guy.
But the numbers don’t lie. With 4 months still left in the year, I’ve already dropped $438 at Amazon this year.
And that’s nothing compared to 2016 when I spent an absurd $1,321!
That number includes our full Christmas shopping list that year as well as a number of other birthday gifts for the kids, but still.
I have an Amazon spending problem.
But at least now I know. And knowing is half the battle.
Here are some other fun facts about my crazy Amazon spending…
The very first item I ordered was way back in 2000. It was a CD-ROM (a what??) game pack with a handful of games including Frogger, Worms 2, and Beast Wars. I played Worms 2 a ton and definitely got my money’s worth on that one!
The most expensive item I’ve ever purchased on Amazon was a KitchenAid mixer which we bought on Cyber Monday 2016 and that was considered Jeri and I’s Christmas gift to each other. We do a lot of cooking and baking and this mixer will last for many, many years.
As I mentioned, 2016 was the year I spent the most at Amazon and I’ve cut back a little since then as we’ve been more aware of our spending habits.
Most of my early purchases were books, CDs, and DVDs. These days my purchases are more geared toward household items, electronics, or toys and games for the kids.
With Toys R Us no longer in business I would expect that trend to continue.
I shared my dark spending secrets with you. Now it’s your turn.
If you dare.
Here’s how you can view your entire Amazon order history and download it right into Excel or Google Sheets:
To create an Order History Report:
- Go to Order History Reports in Your Account.
- Select the report type from drop-down menu, then fill in the start date, end date, and report name.
- Click Request Report.
- When the report is complete, you’ll receive an e-mail notification. To retrieve the report, visit Order History Reports and click Download.
- Have a good, stiff drink before you look at the report!
If you aren’t too embarrassed by what you see, post your Amazon spending amount in the comments below.
And don’t worry… I promise this is a judgement free zone.