Monthly Payments

I want to try out digital ocean, and also deploy an application using it, but I am worried about it automatically charging a lot of money, so I was wondering, how does the charging work, does more traffic=bigger charge, or can I somehow limit it to the balance that I have inside of my digital ocean account and not have it charge my credit card but rather to stop the service in the case of an emergency?

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Hi @ulmanismareks,

Basically, you are correct the more traffic/bandwitdh you generate, the more your bill grows.

DigitalOcean billing cycles are monthly. Your account balance accrues over the course of the calendar month based on the cost of the resources you use. DigitalOcean are also required by law to apply taxes for certain countries.

DigitalOcean automatically invoice and charge 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 configure Billing alerts though. Billing alerts send you an email if your monthly spending exceeds an amount you specify.

By default, billing alerts are disabled. You can opt into receiving billing alerts on the Billing page of your account, in the Billing alerts section.

You can read more about everything I said above here: