Imagine you're exploring a buffet with delicious dishes. 😋
You have a limited number of plates - if you grab take too much, you'll run out of plates and have to pay! At the buffet, you can see right in front of you how many plates you have left. Using services on AWS is like going to a buffet with a limited number of plates.
But, when AWS services are running on the cloud, you can't see these plates in front of you. Charges can quietly rack up when you're not watching. We've had students accidentally get charged $$$ because they've left their AWS services running in the background!
That's why when you're using AWS, it's important to watch your usage to avoid unexpected costs.
AWS Budgets can send you alerts when you're about to exceed how much you're willing to spend.
There are two types of AWS Budgets:
We'll show you how to create both types of budgets in the exercise!
To check your Free Tier usage, head over to the AWS Billing Console. It's your trusty sidekick in this monitoring adventure. Here's how: