How does Pricing work

So I went with the $5 dollar droplet for one month and at the end of this month I was billed $3.75. How does this pricing work exactly?


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Hello there,

DigitalOcean billing cycles are monthly only. Your account balance accrues over the course of the calendar month based on the cost of the resources you use. DigitalOcean is also required by law to apply taxes for certain countries. DigitalOcean automatically invoices and charges your account’s primary payment method on the first day of each month for the previous month’s usage, or partway through the month if you exceed your account’s usage threshold. You can read more about it here:

The amount depends on the service/droplet you have and the network you use. Basically, in addition to your billing, you can be billed based on Bandwidth. Droplets include free outbound data transfer, starting at 1,000 GiB/month for the smallest plan. Excess data transfer is billed at $0.01/GiB. For example, the cost of 1,000 GiB of overage is $10. Inbound bandwidth to Droplets is always free. More about it here

Hope that this helps!

I’m on monthly though.

You’re charged hourly, with a one hour minimum. You probably didn’t use the droplet for the whole month. You can check your invoice to see. To get your invoice, login to the control panel, go to the settings page, click billing, then scroll to the bottom for billing history with a link to the invoice.