Financial uncertainty has become a common fact of South African life. Inflation continues to pummel wallets, while half the country lives hand to mouth. A savings cushion is something most people would consider a luxury, something reflected in our country’s gross savings rate of slightly more than 14% (nearly 10% less than the global average).
Ironically, modern technology – which should offer tools for convenience and positive change – makes the prospect of freeing yourself from the cycle of financial stress even harder, simply by their cost. Cellphones and laptops are often prohibitively expensive, but necessary in an increasingly digital world. Meanwhile, even basic appliances like fridges are a daunting prospect, and are often bought through debt.
This all sounds grim, we know. But what if there was a way to give yourself financial freedom, without having to resort to expensive credit options?
Let’s chat about financial freedom, and the solution: Subscriptions.
Understanding Financial Freedom
Before we dive into the world of product subscriptions, let's define what we mean by financial freedom. Financial freedom means having the flexibility and means to live life on your terms, unburdened by constant financial worries.
Financial freedom is a state where you have the financial resources and security to make choices that align with your values and goals. It doesn't necessarily mean being outrageously wealthy, or even that you have a lot of savings. Instead, it's about having control over your finances and the ability to choose how and when you spend your money.
The traditional path to financial freedom involves concepts like saving diligently, investing wisely, and reducing debt. While these principles are great, they may not resonate with everyone or fit every financial situation. Achieving financial freedom through conventional methods can take years – in fact, for many South Africans it just isn’t an option.
Product Subscriptions: A Modern Twist on Financial Freedom
Let’s say you need a cellphone. Once upon a time, you had only a few ways of going about this:
- Buy a new one outright with cash you have on hand
- Enter into a contract with a network provider (this ends with you paying more than the phone’s sticker price over the course of the contract)
- Use debt – like a credit card, or buy now pay later services – to buy the phone, which means you’re not just paying for the phone, but the interest on the debt
… And that’s it, those are your options. If you don’t have the money on hand, you’ll be paying off debt (and interest), and contracts often come with penalties if you decide to back out halfway through.
This is not freedom.
Product subscriptions offer a different path. With a subscription, you’re not paying debt, you’re paying a monthly access fee. That’s it – no interest, no hidden fees or bundles features you won’t use (looking at you, cellphone contracts with SMS bundles).
Here are some more ways product subscriptions help you find your freedom.
Budgeting Made Easy
Subscriptions usually come with fixed monthly or annual costs – Rentoza, for instance, charges you a monthly subscription payment based on how long you’d like the item.
This predictability can make budgeting a breeze. When you know exactly how much you'll spend on essential products each month, you can allocate your remaining funds for savings, investments, or for a bit of fun.
Eliminate the Burden of Ownership
We’ve built a society with a bit of a fixation on ownership, but if you stop and think about it for a second, it’s not all it’s cracked up to be.
Owning products can be costly, from maintenance and repairs to storage and eventual replacement. With product subscriptions, you enjoy the benefits of the product without the hassles of ownership. This can free up both your finances and physical space.
Not only that, subscriptions offer another type of freedom: The freedom to choose your products. Rentoza subscriptions can be upgraded, downgraded, or even cancelled with no penalty. Don’t need that fridge anymore? That’s fine, we understand.
Access to Premium Products
Subscriptions allow you to access premium or high-quality products that might otherwise be financially out of reach. This can enhance your lifestyle without breaking the bank.
And it’s not just about an enhanced experience. If you’re a young professional, access to better equipment can literally make the difference in your career. Need a better laptop to do your job, or for studying? Subscriptions have got you covered.
No Hidden Costs, Just Added Benefits
Ownership always comes with unexpected expenses: You’ve got to keep things like insurance, maintenance, and repairs in mind, all of which add to the drain on your wallet.
With subscriptions, you just don’t need to think about these extra expenses. Services like Rentoza Care – which covers you against loss, theft, and damage – and upgrades are all part of the package. This means no unexpected expenses when your product needs attention.
Maximising the Benefits of Subscriptions
While product subscriptions offer numerous advantages, it's essential to make the most of them to support your journey towards financial freedom. Here are some tips:
- Assess which products or services you genuinely need and use regularly. Avoid subscriptions that you won't fully utilise.
- Keep track of all your subscriptions and their costs. Cancel any that are no longer serving your needs or that you've outgrown.
- Many companies offer discounts for annual subscriptions or bundle multiple services together, providing cost savings.
- Allocate a specific portion of your budget to subscriptions and stick to it. This ensures that you don't overspend.
- Periodically review your financial situation and adjust your subscriptions as needed. This helps you adapt to changing circumstances.
In a world where financial freedom can feel elusive, product subscriptions offer a practical and accessible path to achieving it. By simplifying your budgeting, reducing ownership costs, and providing access to premium products and services, subscriptions can empower you to take control of your finances and live life to the fullest.
At Rentoza, we're all about providing the access that enables financial freedom. Embrace the power of product subscriptions, and take a step closer to the financial freedom you deserve.