Friday, January 4, 2019

Amazon Purchase History

I was reading through the personal finance subreddit - the other day and found a post about reviewing your Amazon purchase history. I didn't think I'd spent too much on Amazon last year, but as I'm continuing to focus in on my spending, I wanted to look at my purchase history. 

Here's how to do it (pictures below) - 

1. Click Account & Lists, and look at the dropdown
2. Click on "Your Account"
3. Go to the box towards the middle/bottom that says "Ordering and shopping preferences"
4. Then click "Download order reports"
5. Select the date range you want to pull information on
6. View the report - I'm on my chromebook and am still able to view it, even though I think the default is to view it in Microsoft Excel. 

So what's the purpose of this? A couple weeks ago I examined my reoccurring transactions (Mostly Google products) and this is another way to look at spending. Reviewing what I bought in 2018, I only made one bad purchase, which was Soylent, which I'll save for another blog post. 

My last purchase from Amazon was in May of 2018, and I cancelled my Amazon Prime in June of 2018. At that time, I realized I wasn't utilizing prime for what it's worth, so I cancelled the account. Now, I'm not saying Amazon Prime is bad - there are a ton of great features. I just have most of my technology ecosystem in Google, so I didn't benefit too much from the technology perks from Amazon. 

Anyway, when I read the personal finance subreddit, I thought it was a great idea to look at spending history on Amazon, and I wanted to share it all with you.




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