Prep for data usage via cell phone hotspot

I have the option of using my ATT phone as a hotspot, but the data is limited.  I want to start preparing now and eliminating items that are using allot of data and limiting when those things occur.  

I have Windows 8.  What is the best freeware method of doing that today.  I want to identify the heavy hitters and shut everything down except for the one program that I need running during the times where my I am connected to my mobile hotspot.

Assistance is greatly appreciated.
frugalmuleAsked:
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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
Turn all your updates off and do them manually and that should reduce phone usage a lot.

I have a Nokia CS-18 and when I use it, data consumption is not particularly high. I try to avoid big updates and use it primarily for email and modest web browsing.
frugalmuleAuthor Commented:
I would like to know how much data I typically use in a month.
JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
I use DU Meter. This is inexpensive and gives you a report of daily, weekly and monthly usage. Made to order for you. The newest version runs on Windows 8.1. I have been using it for years.

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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
@frugalmule  - Thanks, and I was happy to help. Good luck with your hotspot.
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