The viral ‘finfluencer’ Clare Seal, better known by her handle, My Frugal Year, to her almost 120,000 Instagram followers, is known for her compassionate approach to managing debt. Having cleared £27,000 of credit card debt, the author and financial coach sat down with host Claer Barrett to share practical tips on how to start repaying debt, manage the cost of parenthood and address feelings of shame surrounding indebtedness.

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Presented by Claer Barrett. Produced by Tamara Kormornick and Persis Love. Our executive producer is Manuela Saragosa. Sound design by Breen Turner, with original music from Metaphor Music. Cheryl Brumley is the FT’s global head of audio.

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