Getting into debt, whatever the reason, can make life uneasy. You don't know whether you will be able to pay off the debt. That’s why it is better to avoid getting into debt.
Jagoans, did you know that 7 out of 10 Indonesians still find it difficult to set aside a budget to pay credit/debt on time*?
There are 4 effective ways that you can apply in everyday life so that debt stays away from you.
4 Effective Ways to Avoid Getting into Debt
1. Create a monthly budget
Everything will be easier when there is a budget as you can know where your money goes and control spending. You can do budgeting at the beginning of the month.
Make sure you set the budget for all priority needs first, such as monthly bills, installment payments (if any) and shopping for daily necessities, meals, etc. After that, you also need to set aside money for savings.
Then, you can set a budget for non-priority needs. In order to avoid debt, you need to be disciplined by always sticking to the budget.
To separate various needs and simplify budgeting for each need, you can use the Pockets feature in the Jago application. 1 Pocket can be for 1 need. And, you can allocate money to each Pocket.
2. Find ways to resist the temptation of splurging
The rules that have been made are not necessarily obeyed 100%. It's not a good thing to do, but it happens often. Looking for ways not to follow the temptation to spend money freely is the next strategy for those of you who still find it difficult to stick to the budget.
There are many ways you can do it. For example, you can lock money in a Locked Pocket in the Jago application. You will not be able to use the money until the lock period ends.
Locking money in a Locked Pocket won't make you suffer. In fact, you'll be happy because the Locked Pocket pays interest up to 4% p.a.*
Another way is to hide your balance. When you have no idea how much balance you have, you won't be tempted to use it. The Jago application gives you the option to do this. Just try it and feel the instant benefits.
3. Have an emergency fund
You can feel the power of an emergency fund when an unexpected event occurs. If you don't have an emergency fund at all, you're more likely to borrow money to deal with an emergency.
Borrowing money means you have debt. Since you want to avoid getting into debt, you need to prepare an emergency fund. The amount doesn't have to be large and all at once. You can start saving little by little. It is better to save consistently than to save only occasionally.
4. Say no to credit card
Using a credit card incorrectly can get you stuck in debt. By having a credit card, you feel like you can buy whatever you want. However, this is not true.
The main principle that you must adhere to is if you can't afford something without a credit card, then don't buy it.
You can choose to use a debit card instead. You can only use your debit card when there is still balance in your savings.
To be more in control with regard to how you spend money, you can take advantage of the transaction limit settings available for the Jago Visa Debit Card. You can shop with peace of mind.
Are you ready to avoid getting into debt? Don't forget to download the Jago application to manage your finances better, so you don't have to go into debt. If you already have the Jago application, just take advantage of the above features.
*Based on the results of a survey conducted by Populix, a market research platform company, on August 23 - September 1 2021, there were 934 respondents in Greater Jakarta, Bandung, Semarang, Surabaya & Medan
*Interest rate can change at any time in accordance with BI interest rates & LPS policy