Discount codes to saving — how Artificial Intelligence apps could leave you £6,000 better off

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ARTIFICIAL intelligence for most people conjures up images from sci-fi movies – but it can help you to save money.

Websites and apps can arrange your finances for you at the click of a button, saving you more than £6,000 per year.

You can save loads of cash in just a few easy steps

Forget A.I. that leads to robots taking over the world – and think of new, friendlier versions such as Chip and Look After My Bills.

SPONTANEOUS SAVING

STRUGGLING to save? Get an app to transfer your spare cash into a savings account and watch how it mounts up. Some banks offer this service, like Lloyds’ Save The Change tool, which rounds up the amount you spend on your debit card to the nearest pound and transfers the difference to a savings account.

Chip examines your spending and income

There are also specialist apps, which take a more detailed look at your account to work out how much you can afford to spare. Chip, for example, examines your spending and income, calculates what you are able to save every few days, and moves it into a savings account.

Its makers claim the average user puts aside £1,800 a year without even noticing. Fees for the service are £1.50 every 28 days, or around £20 a year.

ANNUAL SAVING: £1,780

REGULAR REWARDS

IF you’re always forgetting to shop with your loyalty cards, try Stocard. The app lets you add the main ones — Tesco, Nectar, Ikea, Superdrug, Boots, Costa, M&S — so you don’t need to carry the physical cards around.

If you’re always forgetting to shop with your loyalty cards, try Stocard

In shops you just open up the digital version of the card in the app at the checkout. Your points then get added. Last year Stocard says it saved users around £28, based on £60.8million being collected in loyalty points by its 2.2million users.

ANNUAL SAVING: £28

CRACKING CODES

WE all love a discount code when shopping online but do not always have time to find one. Pouch can do it for you in the background whenever you browse shopping sites. They are add-ons for your web browser, whether that’s Google Chrome or Microsoft Edge.

Pouch takes two clicks to install on your browser and is free to use

Pouch will appear as a little button to the right of where you type web addresses. As you browse sites like Currys or Argos it will light up orange to indicate it has codes for that site. You don’t even have to enter them in, it will try them automatically and the money will come off your total if they work. Pouch takes two clicks to install on your browser and is free to use.

It recently had 15 per cent off the Red Letters Day website so a driving experience for £250 had £37.50 off. The average user can save £400 a year, Pouch claims. Honey is another good one that does the same thing.

ANNUAL SAVING: £400

ENERGY

AUTO-switching services such as Look After My Bills, Weflip and Labrador will sort your energy bills out so you don’t have to. The sites make monthly checks on the tariffs available and switch you to the gas and electricity rates they think are the best value.

Labrador will sort your energy bills out so you don’t have to

Most look for a minimum saving of £50 a year to trigger a switch. All you need to do is sign up, and they take care of everything after that. Market leader Look After My Bills has more than half a million customers, with an average reduction of £262.

ANNUAL SAVING: £262 a year

MORTGAGE BY MACHINE

NEED a new mortgage but don’t want to apply to different banks? Online broker Trussle will tell you how much you could save on an existing mortgage within minutes of filling out its online form.

Or, if you’re a first time buyer, it can tell you how much you can borrow. It searches 12,000 mortgages from 90 lenders. The process is not completely automatic since you’ll then get a call from a mortgage advisor to discuss the best deal.

Next you upload documents, including bank statements and P60s, and your application will be checked and submitted by Trussle. The initial application takes about 15 minutes and the firm says those remortgaging save on average £4,128 a year.

SAVING: £4,128