How To Enable Billing Alerts To Monitor Your Estimated AWS Charges Using CloudWatch

Monitoring your estimated charges for your AWS account can give you a good idea of what your monthly bill should be as well as to keep an eye out for any runaway charges.

In this video, Matt will show you how to enable Billing Alerts in the Billing & Cost Management Console. Then we will create a CloudWatch alarm that will monitor your Total Estimated Charges. We will then set a threshold for this alarm so that it will send an email to a Simple Notification Service (SNS) Topic if it is exceeded. Finally, we will monitor the alarm until it is triggered and verify that the email notification was sent to the specified email address.

Prerequisites include: AWS Account Simple Notification Service (SNS) Topic with valid email addresses