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Window shopping on Amazon is one of the worst money-wasting habits 8 Online Habits to Kick Because They're Costing You Money 8 Online Habits to Kick Because They're Costing You Money Online shopping is really convenient -- but it can also be really dangerous. Read More you could have, mainly because it encourages impulsive shopping behaviors Buck The Trend: 5 Tips To Avoid Shopping Impulsively Online Buck The Trend: 5 Tips To Avoid Shopping Impulsively Online Are you an impulsive shopper? Do you throw away money on items you don’t really want or need? Here are some tips and tricks to help you regain control. Read More . If you looked back on everything you bought last year, there’s a good chance your eyes would pop out of your head.

Fortunately, Amazon has an awesome feature called Order History Reports which can provide you with a lot of useful data in spreadsheet form — and with a five-minute analysis, you’ll be able to see where all of your money actually went.

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To access the Reports dashboard, navigate to Amazon and click on Your Account at the top right. Under the Orders section, click on Download Order Reports. Done.

To generate your first report, set the Report Type to Items and set the Start and End Dates to January 1 and December 31 of last year. Give the report a name (if you want), then click Request Report. In a few minutes, the report will be ready in CSV form.

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Open the CSV file in your spreadsheet software of choice to find dozens of columns that describe every aspect of your purchases, including categories, conditions, purchase price vs. list price, shipping destinations, purchase methods, and more.

Sum all of your purchases to see how much you spent that year, or play around with it however you want to see all kinds of patterns in your Amazon shopping. For example, check average discount per item to see how often you’re getting deals.

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Have you been using Order History Reports on Amazon? What’s your most surprising find? Tell us about it in the comments!

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  1. Robert Martin
    February 5, 2016 at 3:42 pm

    Yes, I have Prime. I would attach a screen print if possible. I go to the "Your Orders" tab, click on it and it shows the number of Orders placed in the past 6 months (I can change the time period). In addition to the Orders shown when I click "Your Orders", I can click on "Open Orders", "Digital Orders", or "Cancelled Orders". The orders are displayed in "panels", with a photo of each item, brief description, price, date delivered, etc. Each individual order is shown with various options that I can click on -- Buy Again, Track Package, Return or replace items, or I can leave feedback, write a review, etc. I can find nothing that will lead me to a spreadsheet of any kind. I would be glad to screen screen prints if you give me an email address.

    Thanks.

    • Shawn Wayne
      February 5, 2016 at 4:02 pm

      See my comment below. You have to click on "your account" under the drop down menu at the top, not the "your orders" tab.

      • Robert B. Martin
        February 6, 2016 at 1:39 am

        Sorry, I said it wrong in my comment. I did start with the "Your Account" tab, then "Your Orders" from the drop down menu. I just double-checked and I still can't see anyway to get the spreadsheet. Again, I would be glad to send you a screen shot if you want to see it.
        Thanks.

      • Robert B. Martin
        February 6, 2016 at 1:46 am

        Oh.........I found it!!! The path is not quite as you described. I started with the Your Account tab to get the drop down menu. Two of the choices were Your Account and Your Orders. I was selecting Your Orders, but should have been Your account. It was Your Account > Your Account > Your Orders > Download Order Reports.

  2. Shawn Wayne
    February 5, 2016 at 2:40 pm

    For those who are not seeing the download order reports, you need to actually go under the Your Account drop down menu and click on Your Account, not the Your Orders tab. Then under Your Account, it will be under "View and modify recent orders".

    • Mark
      February 5, 2016 at 3:57 pm

      ^ What this guy said. Thanks!

    • Joel Lee
      February 11, 2016 at 1:24 am

      Thanks Shawn!

  3. Mark
    February 5, 2016 at 2:29 pm

    Have to echo other commenters, I am in the US an not seeing this option at all.

    • Joel Lee
      February 5, 2016 at 2:33 pm

      That's odd. Could you describe the links you see under the "Orders" section of the "Your Account" dashboard? I wonder what's different between us. I can still see the Order Reports option, so it certainly wasn't removed. Do you have Prime?

  4. Robert Martin
    February 5, 2016 at 1:34 pm

    I'm in the US and don't have this feature either. I followed the instruction given above but it is not as described.

    • Joel Lee
      February 5, 2016 at 2:34 pm

      Could you describe what you see? Also, do you have Prime? I still see it so that's weird...

  5. ianrh
    February 5, 2016 at 1:10 pm

    This does not work in the UK either. It would be useful so perhaps you can find out if and when the International roll-out can be expected.

    • Joel Lee
      February 5, 2016 at 2:34 pm

      Sorry about that! Didn't realize it wasn't available internationally. :(

  6. Byothe
    February 5, 2016 at 11:12 am

    It's too bad, but this option is not available on the french version of Amazon (amazon.fr)... I hope it's coming soon...

    • Joel Lee
      February 5, 2016 at 2:34 pm

      Sorry about that! Didn't realize it wasn't available internationally. :(

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