Whether you use Amazon a ton, occasionally, or infrequently, it’s safe to say that most people have made a purchase through the massive site. It’s the world’s largest online retailer for a reason.
It’s so easy, convenient and fast. And when you become a Prime member, the things you order get to your doorstep even faster. It’s like magic. How did we survive before Amazon?
If you’re like me, I go a little too hard through periods of crutches on the site. Items I would normally run to Target for, I’ll stay in my cart, or whenever my cart goes over the $50 mark, I don’t give it much thought – I just click CHECK OUT and wait for my packages have arrived. You almost don’t feel like you’re spending real money on Amazon. Could it be Monopoly money? (I wish!)
Quite recently, my friends sent me a TikTok showing how to calculate your lifetime spending on Amazon. Here I will include it below (just a warning that there is a big word included, but it’s pretty minor).
How? ‘Or’ What did this woman spend $28,000?
(Actually, I shouldn’t ask that. One of my best friends was in this stadium just last year).
Anyway, now that I have this information, I thought I should pass it on:
How to find out what you spent
1. I think you can also do this on your phone, but for reference I followed the process on my laptop. First, click on Accounts & Lists (just below where it says “Hello, Michelle!” in the top right).
2. You should now be on a page called Your Account. Scroll down. Under “order and purchase preferences”, click on “download order reports”.
3. Here is your moment of truth. You have several options: do you want to know your total lifetime Amazon spend? Or just see what you bought last month? And last year? Fill in the dates you are studying, then click “request a report”.
*When I wrote my own lifetime report, I first had to check my order history, to see when I started buying things on Amazon (this was June 2012; a book called ” The Secret Life of Pronouns” which is very on-brand for me). And I ran the report up to this week (my most recent order is a book again – only this time, a cookbook by Chrissy Teigen). I couldn’t find my total right away, until I played around with the spreadsheet for a minute. But if you highlight the Item Total column, the program will show you your total sum at the bottom (mine was about $5,300), as well as your average (about $24). The maximum I’ve ever spent on an order was $325, and we’re talking about a total of 222 orders.
For what it’s worth, I thought that lifetime total was pretty reasonable, especially considering my numbers from last year were pretty startling.
One last thing: it may take some time for your order report to download. I think it depends – when I was gathering my 2020 total, Amazon told me they should email me the report once it was ready. “That can’t be a good sign,” I thought to myself. But just this week, when I was accessing my all-time history, the report downloaded in about a minute.
Are you brave enough to check your report? Once you do, please enlighten me by answering this survey question:
It’s anonymous, by the way, I won’t tell your mother or your partner! 🤣
There’s really no BIG reason why you need this information – I just thought it was an awesome tool that we should all know about. And if you try to control your spending (anyone else agree with me on the “monopoly money” thing?), maybe that will serve as a reality check.
Good luck there!