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Old 01-04-2018, 04:54 PM   #41
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By the way, talking about Amazon, did you know you can check historical prices of items sold on Amazon? I just got this website information from a friend recently.

https://camelcamelcamel.com/

All you have to do is to type in the URL of an item on Amazon and it will give you historical price change info in a graph format. It doesn't seem to register short spurs of low prices, but I just love looking at graphs like this!

Here is the graph for Instant Pot DUO 6QTS everyone was going after during Black Friday and Xmas...

https://camelcamelcamel.com/Instant-...uct/B00FLYWNYQ

Please ignore this post if you already knew about camel camel camel...
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Old 01-04-2018, 05:02 PM   #42
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By the way, talking about Amazon, did you know you can check historical prices of items sold on Amazon? I just got this website information from a friend recently.

https://camelcamelcamel.com/
You can also use the website to send you alert when the price drops below whatever amount you specify.
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Old 01-04-2018, 05:07 PM   #43
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just over $1800. Not bad considering the majority was car repair parts/supplies, dehumidifier, 2 new cell phones, 2 weekend back packs, 8TB backup drive, and Xmas gifts.
Items like toner and car supplies will repeat, others not so much.
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Old 01-04-2018, 05:07 PM   #44
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You can also use the website to send you alert when the price drops below whatever amount you specify.
I SO did not know that. I got to check it out!! Thank you!!
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Old 01-04-2018, 06:27 PM   #45
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I went through last year's order history and manually added it up. A PITA but, worth it for the insight it reveals.

Some stuff is normal things I'd buy at stores ... health stuff, vitamins, cleaning supplies, gift cards, etc. I would say 1/2 of it are things that are not necessities.
Christmas and birthday gift cards and purchases fueled the conflagration. Having 5 kids sometimes leads to more spending.
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Old 01-04-2018, 06:28 PM   #46
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Given all this, using an Amazon CC is starting to make sense. the 5% benefit will give me anothe +$250.
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Old 01-04-2018, 06:48 PM   #47
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Most of my amazon shopping is simply transferred from what would have been target, office depot, grocery/pet food, christmas gifts. It's really just a consolidation of what used to go elsewhere. I use the 5% card, got about $80 in GC's as bonuses for getting the card too.

The convenience of Prime does invite over-shopping, but that is one reason to remember the liberal return policy.

When making a discretionary purchase though it always makes sense to shop around. Amazon is often NOT the lowest price, even with free shipping factored in.
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Old 01-04-2018, 06:56 PM   #48
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$3460. About 9% was gift cards, etc. Not too bad. Almost $1K was a telescope for our condo. I'll have to watch this closely in the future.
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Average spending per month over the past 6 years has varied from $300-$800, but this includes clothes, work shoes, household, and hobby expenses. In high-spending years, it usually includes high-$ lenses or camera bodies.
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Anything I've spent on Amazon, I've needed.

Um....really ... .
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Too hard to figure out the dollar amounts. We do business ordering and personal ordering from the same Prime account. The business orders earn the Amazon points, and we spend them on the personal stuff. But last year I had 302 orders. 2016 only 96. And 242 in 2015. If I get bored maybe I'll take these csv reports and try to break them out between us and them.
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My recent Amazon purchases have definitely been increasing:
Yes, for sure. Just look how much taller the 2017 blue pillar is than the ones you bought in other years.

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Well I guess I'm going to have to go look!

Did buy some motorhome parts on Amazon last year - good deal. Quite a few things we used to order from other stores we now buy at Amazon, so I'm not too worried.
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I spent $180 in 2017 and my kids used my account to order a few electronics items that they paid for with their money totalling $60.

We don't have prime since we don't order a ton of stuff from amazon, though I was surprised to see we have 10 orders this year. We usually have a few things we want to get and save those up to get the free shipping. Or find stuff that's an okay deal and buy it to make the $25 free shipping cutoff.
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I have purchased some things online but never anything from Amazon.
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I have heard that Amazon Prime members spend a lot more than non-Prime buyers. We don't use Prime, and don't mind waiting 5-8 days for free shipping.
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Don't forget to report your purchases on your state tax return, so you can pay the obligatory sales tax owed to your state!
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Don't forget to report your purchases on your state tax return, so you can pay the obligatory sales tax owed to your state!
Sales tax is already added in on our Amazon purchases. My total spent on Amazon purchases in 2017 was $179.64. I can usually find items cheaper elsewhere on the net. I notice that being a Prime member is not worth much. Prices are jacked up to include "free shipping" on most items I buy.
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I look outside of Amazon before buying and 75% of the time Amazon wins. I guess it depends on what you buy.
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Just under $2400. Includes a $600 stereo receiver a $330 vacuum cleaner and some hurricane supplies. Not too bad.
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