Track Your Online Spending at the Sites Where You Shop


Impulse buying is a thing, and we’re all guilty of it from time to time. Sometimes, if you’re feeling a little down, it feels good to place an order for that little thing you’ve been meaning to buy, but never quite got around to picking up. Or maybe you see a deal for something you’ve been eyeing and figure, “Eh, now’s as good a time as any.”

There are plenty of services you can use to track your credit card spending, what’s coming in and out of your bank account, and how much your investments are plummeting and likely unable to support your shopping habits. You can even sign up to receive daily notifications of your bank account balance(or spending alerts for your credit card) to help you keep tabs on the money you’re shoveling out of your savings.

You can also just go straight to the source. Plenty of online retailers offer different ways for you to track everything you’ve purchased over a particular length of time. It can be a useful wake-up call to help you admit that, yes, you’re an Amazon addict, you’re too easily triggered by Steam sales, or you’re single-handedly funding the App Store.


Say what you will about Amazon, but the online retail giant makes it incredibly easy to view everything you’ve purchased—well, ever. Pull up your order history, where you can view recent and upcoming purchases, search for previous purchases, or just view everything you bought over any year you’ve been an Amazon user.

But that’s not all. You can also create a customized order history report to see everything you purchased between two specific dates, as well as any refunds or returns you made in that time period. Since the information all dumps out as a .CSV file, you’re just a few formulas away from figuring out how much you’re spent in a year (so far).


Steam always has something on sale, it seems. And if you can’t resist the gaming service’s big summer and winter sales—prime times for picking up all the games on your wish list—then you’ve probably spent a decent amount of money building up your game collection. You can pull up your official purchase history on this page:

I’m also a big fan of Steam Calculator, which shows you the total value of your entire gaming collection. It can be a bit eye-opening, to say the least, especially since it gives you a breakdown of the games you own by their current prices, as well as how long you’ve played the various games in your collection. If you’re sitting with a lot of “0 to 1 hours” games, maybe it’s time to back down on the binge-buying a bit.
iTunes, the App Store, and Google Play

If your spending habits veer more towards apps, music, and movies than anything else, you have a few options to see if those occasional $1–5 purchases are starting to add up to a pretty big amount. If you’re an Apple enthusiast, you can view your purchase history via iTunes here (including subscriptions) or via your iPhone or iPad here. (And if you’ve been spending a lot of dough at the Apple store, you can also view that here.)

If you’re an Android aficionado, you can check out everything you’ve bought on Google Play on your account page. (Your order history from the Google Store—hardware you’ve purchased—can be found here.)


Been buying some Windows 10 apps? Office subscriptions? Xbox Live memberships? Microsoft tracks all of your purchases in one convenient location. Use the drop-down menu to filter if you only care about digital or physical items you’ve purchased—as in, you don’t need to see any refunds or returns.