Cloud Housekeeping

Cloud makes it easy to deploy stuff, even just to test it, but that is also what can slowly make your bill bigger than it needs to be. I finally just added a reminder task every six months to go through and look at what I had been using.

Some tips I've found helpful to avoid higher bills

  • Set a reminder every few months to review your service usage

  • If you know you are creating something only needed for a few weeks - when you create it put a reminder to delete or turn off that specific item

  • Consider using some automation for things that don't need to run 24x7

  • You could even use the Cloud service to automate shutting things down

  • Use good names - nothing is worse than looking back in 6 months and not remembering what the default "A73C562D34" was