Set a Budget in AWS to Avoid Costly Overages

If you’re like me and are experimenting with the AWS free tier it might be a good idea to configure a budget notification to avoid getting caught off guard by any overages.

Amazon has a great document on how to enable alerts located here, but here’s a quick guide on how to enable alerts and budget reminders.

  • First, log in to your AWS account.
  • Click the drop down menu next to your name on the top right hand of the console page and select “My Billing Dashboard.”

  • From the left hand menu select Preferences.
  • Check “Receive Free Tier Usage Alerts” and enter your email address. Click Save Preferences.

  • Next, click Budgets from the left hand menu.
  • Click Create Budget.

  • Select Cost and under Budgeted Amount select the threshold you’d like to be alerted at. For example, $0.01.

  • Under Notifications select to be alerted when costs are equal to your 100% of your Budgeted Cost and enter your email address.

  • Click Create and you should now have a new budget alert that will email you if you’re free tier is about to cost you some actual money.

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