I accidentally provisioned resources that are not covered under the AWS Free Tier, and I was billed. How do I make sure I'm not billed again?

The Free Tier covers each new AWS account for a year after its services are activated. After that, all the resources on your account are billed at standard rates.

Keep the following in mind:

  • The Free Tier is active on an account for one year after the account is activated.
    Note: Some types of usage for specific services might be free indefinitely. Some services have free trial periods that aren't included under the Free Tier.
  • The Free Tier covers many AWS services, but not all AWS services have a Free Tier offering.
  • There are limits to the Free Tier offering for each service.
  • Any resources that aren't covered by the Free Tier are billed at standard rates.

To be sure you aren't billed again:

  1. Verify that your account is covered by the Free Tier.
  2. Identify the resources that are generating charges.
  3. Delete or terminate any resources that are generating charges.
  4. Proactively monitor your usage to be sure that you don't exceed the Free Tier offering again.

Verify that your account is covered by the Free Tier

Check for the Top Free Tier Services by Usage table in the Billing and Cost Management console.

If the table doesn't appear, your account is no longer covered under the AWS Free Tier. You'll be billed at the standard rate for any resources provisioned on your account. Delete or terminate any resources that you don't want to keep or be billed for.

If the table does appear, you'll see additional information about any services you're using that aren't covered under the Free Tier.

Identify the resources that are generating charges

Review your bill in the Billing and Cost Management console to see the services that you're being billed for. Then, compare that against the list of AWS Free Tier offerings.

Most services will have a zero-dollar line item that describes usage that is covered under the AWS Free Tier, and a separate line item for any usage that's not covered. A non-zero charge for a service means that some resources provisioned to your account aren't covered under the AWS Free Tier.

Important: Check your bill in each AWS Region. AWS Free Tier benefits cover the aggregated billable total of your usage for all AWS Regions together, and not each Region individually.

Terminate or delete any resources that you don't want to be billed for

There are two ways to stop the billing for AWS resources:

Proactively monitor your usage of AWS Free Tier resources

See Tracking Your Free Tier Usage for information on how to use AWS Budgets, the Top Free Tier Services by Usage table, and billing alerts to help you proactively monitor your usage.


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Published: 2016-03-25

Updated: 2018-10-09