Setting Up an Azure Budget

Natasha Ong
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4 min read

In a nutshell:

Don't get charged $$ for using Azure! Use Azure Budgets to set spending limits and receive alerts to be safe.
Always delete unnecessary resources after exercises to avoid accidental costs.

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 Azure is like going to a buffet with a limited number of plates. But, when Azure services are running on the cloud, you can't see these plates in front of you!

This is why we've had students get charged $$$ - they've accidentally left Azure services running in the background, without realising it's been charging their account.

When you're using Azure, it's important to watch your usage and avoid unexpected costs. Even if you're using a free account!

Manage costs with Azure Budgets

Think of a budget on Azure as your financial watchdog. It helps you set a spending limit for your Azure resources so you don't accidentally overspend. When you get close to your budget, Azure will send you a friendly alert to say "hey, you're getting close to your spending limit!"

You can also customise your budget to get alerts via email, in the Azure portal, or even through a mobile app. So, you're always in the know about your spending.

In the exercise, we'll go through how to set up an Azure Budget and customise your alerts. Here's a sneak peek:

Pro tip: delete the resources you don't need

When you're learning Azure with your hands-on Account, you'll be creating heaps of resources. At the end of every exercise, please make sure to delete the resources you don't need so they don't start charging money!

We'll also remind you to do this in every exercise.