My husband thinks I’m an appaholic. Maybe it’s because of the 300 or so apps on my iPhone.
Maybe he’s actually been reading the credit card statements each month and wonders why there are so many Apple purchases. Outside of the surprise when reading the credit card bills each month, is there an easier way to figure out how much you’ve spent on apps and when? Yes. It’s not pretty.
Receipts Are Not Convenient
Apple knows human behavior. Impulse buying is part of our genetic makeup. So, our digital benefactors who make iDevices gave us the iTunes Music Store, the iPhone App Store, and now the Mac App Store.
What’s the end result? Impulse buys. All it takes is a colorful icon on an interesting app, then it’s click to download and install.
Sure, I could keep track of all my digital receipts, then add them up a couple of times through the month, but where’s the fun in that?
Besides, if you haven’t noticed, Apple doesn’t send those App Store receipts out right away. Either they’re backlogged with email, or they know you don’t need any reminders for what you may regret later, thereby inhibiting future and immediate purchases.
Monitor App Expenses On A Mac
What we need is a caring, understanding Mac app developer to give us an app that can tell Mac users how much they’ve gone into hock to satisfy our App Store hunger.
Enter App Store Expenses. It’s a simple app that checks iTunes for what you’ve purchased, then checks the latest price tag for the apps you bought, then gives you a total.
The app comes with a bit of suspense, too. Since all it’s doing is checking the latest retail price for all the apps you’ve bought, thanks to occasional price changes, the total won’t be exactly correct.
That’s good news if you buy apps on sale. The total from App Store Expenses will be higher than your actual purchases. Think of it as a happy suspense. There’s also an option to edit the price information for any app by simply double-clicking.
I don’t have that much OCD to worry about. All I want is a click and a total.
What’s missing from App Store Expenses, besides a price tag (it’s donationware)? Everything. Yes, everything from the Mac App Store is missing. App Store Expenses is a Mac app that tracks your iPhone App Store Expenses but not the Mac App Store purchases?
Why is that important?
My iPhone is full already. Even when my eye is attracted to a colorful icon attached to an iPhone app of dubious distinction, all I can say is, “No Room For You!” At least until we get 64 gigabyte iPhones.
However, my Mac’s hard disk drive is not full. I have room for more apps. The Mac App Store hasn’t been open for a full year. My iPhone appaholism has extended to the Mac, so I need a Mac app that will tell me what I’ve purchased on the Mac App Store, when, and how much I spent. And I need that app before the next credit card bill arrives in the mail.