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AWS Billing and Cost Management
User Guide (Version 2.0)

Reading Your Dashboard Graphs

Even if you're using the free tier, it's a good idea to periodically check the Billing and Cost Management console dashboard. From the dashboard, you can check various graphs that show different breakdowns of your AWS usage.

On the dashboard you can view the following graphs:

  • Spend Summary

  • Month-to-Date Spend by Service

  • Month-to-Date Top Services by Spend

Spend Summary

The Spend Summary graph shows you how much you spent last month, the estimated costs of your AWS usage for the month-to-date, and a forecast for how much you are likely to spend this month. The forecast is an estimate based on your past AWS costs, so your actual monthly costs might not match the forecast.

Month-to-Date Spend by Service

The Month-to-Date Spend by Service graph shows the top services that you use most, and the proportion of your costs that that service contributed to. The Month-to-Date Spend by Service graph does not include forecasting.

Month-to-Date Top Services by Spend

The Month-to-Date Top Services by Spend graph shows the services that you use most, along with the costs accrued for the month-to-date. The Month-to-Date Top Services by Spend graph does not include forecasting.

Opening the Billing and Cost Management Console and Dashboard

To open the Billing and Cost Management console and dashboard

  • Sign in to the AWS Management Console and open the Billing and Cost Management console at https://console.aws.amazon.com/billing/home#/.

    The console opens to the Dashboard, where you can see your current month-to-date usage graphs.