I want to have a firm understanding of my AWS bills. What tools does AWS offer to help me manage my AWS billing?

AWS offers a variety of reports and tools to help you better understand your bill.

AWS Billing Console

The AWS Billing and Cost Management console dashboard displays your current month’s and last month’s bill, your top services by spend, and a forecast of your estimated end-of-month bill.

From the navigation pane, choose Bills to view your monthly AWS bills in detail. For more information about what the Billing console can do, see What is AWS Billing and Cost Management?

Cost Explorer

Cost Explorer allows you to build custom usage reports from your existing billing data. You can set a range of dates to view, filter, and group your costs, and you can visualize your costs using pregenerated graphs and charts.

After you’ve generated a report, you can download it as a .csv file. Choose Save report to save your custom report for future use.

For more information about Cost Explorer, see Analyzing Your Costs with Cost Explorer.

Billing Reports

AWS offers a variety of billing reports that you can download to explain your AWS usage in more detail. Reports are delivered to an Amazon S3 bucket of your choice. You can then download and review .csv reports of your usage from this bucket, or import them into your preferred accounting software. For more information about how to set up and download these reports, see Understand your Usage with Billing Reports.

Cost Allocation Tags

Cost allocation tags allow you to catalog and categorize your AWS resources in the ways that are meaningful to you. For example, you can use tags to divide your resources into various projects or cost centers, and then create a cost allocation report to show the categorized costs.

Cost allocation tags can be used in Cost Explorer, as well as with custom billing reports you create.

For more information about how to create and apply cost allocation tags to your resources, see Using Cost Allocation Tags.


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Published: 2016-04-21