by Joe Marshall on November 11th, 2020
Free tiers are the developer world's version of BOGO ("Buy One, Get One Free").
It's an advertising innovation that works so well because it speaks to the psychology of its consumer: People buying coats, toasters, and other retail goods are tempted by free abundance - developers scrutinizing tools are lured in by test drives.
Like any bootstrapper, we try and use this to our advantage as much as possible, stretching credits and free limits like a household stretches coupons.
It turns out you can get pretty far on the largesse of FAANG marketing departments. Here we've tried to create a comprehensive list of all the services we are using either for free or with the advantage of a few credits.
Everything else we pay for! Though it's not a long list, that's partially because 1) we see value in the things we are willing to part with our dear money for and 2) that AWS credits listing is doing a lot of heavy lifting, considering our entire infrastructure is Amazon.