Do you struggle with budgeting and keeping track of your spending? Ever look at your bank balance and wonder what you did with all your money? Cleo can help you both with saving money easily, and keeping track of your spending.
Cleo is a clever little bot that works in Messenger. It’s an AI that analyses your spending to help you see where you could be saving and help you better understand what you’re doing with your money. It’s advertised as an ‘intelligent assistant for your money’ and aims to use technology to help you understand your finances more in order to be able to manage them better.
I’ve been using it a few months now and I quite like it! I find it really useful for things like quickly checking my balance and I like seeing the insights it gives into my spending. It can show you charts to breakdown how you spent your money and you can ask it questions like ‘How much did I spend on takeaways this month?’ (answer – way too much, if you’re a pizza addict like me!) It can also do things like send warnings if you’re going into your overdraft and even help you set up a tailored budget. Want to give it a try? You can sign up for Cleo here.
Save with Cleo
You can also use Cleo for auto saving, in a very similar way to Plum. If you decide to add Cleo’s saving wallet it will work out how much you can afford to save each week and transfer small amounts into your Cleo savings. You can stop or withdraw anytime.
Cleo has a ‘Share and Win’ scheme, which pays you and your friend £2.50 each, for every friend who signs up and connects their bank account.
How safe is Cleo?
Cleo is a read only service and uses bank level encryption and security practices. They also have an £85,000 security cover pledge – equivalent to the FSCS deposit and savings guarantee.