Dylan shows you how to
monitor your usage of
the AWS Free Tier

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I'm using the Free Tier to test AWS services. How do I make sure that all the resources I'm using are covered under the Free Tier?

The AWS Free Tier makes certain amounts and types of resources for new AWS accounts available free of charge for a one-year period. Any amounts and types of resources that aren't covered are charged at standard rates.

To avoid unnecessary charges:

Use AWS Budgets to monitor your Free Tier usage

Opt in to the AWS Budgets Free Tier usage alert. This alert notifies you when your usage will lead to charges.

Monitor your bill

Check your usage in the Billing and Cost Management console. Even if your resources are covered under the Free Tier, you'll see a line item in your bill for each covered resource.

The Top Free Tier Services by Usage table in your Billing and Cost Management console lets you see how much of the Free Tier you're currently using, and if your current usage rate will incur charges.

Note: Most benefits offered by the Free Tier apply globally to all resources on your account, not individually to each AWS Region. Monitor your usage in all AWS Regions.

Plan your configuration before testing

The Simple Monthly Calculator can help you see whether your planned resource configuration will be entirely covered under the Free Tier, or if you'll pay the standard rates for your planned configuration.

Clean up test resources

See the AWS documentation for information about how to clean up resources after you're done testing.

For example, AWS documentation can show you how to delete S3 buckets that contain objects you no longer need, or terminate Elastic Beanstalk environments that are running test applications.


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Published: 2016-03-25

Updated: 2018-09-18