Money Clinic with Claer Barrett

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Can I afford to take a sabbatical?

Season 3, Ep. 21

Do you ever long for an extended period of time off? Maybe you’d travel the world, try out a new career, or just put your feet up for some proper R&R. While the prospect of taking six months off work to do something completely different may well appeal to you, could you afford to do so? 


Thirty-four-year-old podcast listener Ali has reached a crossroads in her career and is keen to plan some time off. Presenter Claer Barrett speaks to Isabel Berwick, the host of the FT’s Working It podcast, on the career implications of taking a sabbatical - both good and bad. Plus, financial planner Joanna Little, chief executive of Emery Little, talks listeners through how to prepare for six months without an income - and what flexibility could be on offer. 


If you would like to be a guest on the podcast, email the team money@ft.com or send Claer a DM on social media - she’s @ClaerB  


Presented by Claer Barrett. Produced by Persis Love and Philippa Goodrich. Our executive producer is Manuela Saragosa. Sound design is by Breen Turner, with original music from Metaphor Music. 



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Are you working to live, or living to work? Followers of the FIRE movement (Financial Independence Retire Early) budget carefully so they can invest a greater proportion of their take-home pay. Is a life of extreme frugality worth the extra years of financial freedom later on - and how could you apply the principles of FIRE to your own finances?This week, Claer helps listeners Amy and Rory on their FIRE journey, with expert tips from Mr Money Mustache, AKA the US blogger Pete Adeney, and Kristian Danielson, the person behind the r/FIREUK subreddit.Money Clinic is presented by Claer Barrett and produced by Persis Love. Manuela Saragosa is the executive producer and the sound engineer is Breen Turner. The original music is by Metaphor Music.Further reading:Mr Money Mustache’s blog: https://www.mrmoneymustache.com/You can get involved in the FIREUK subreddit here: https://www.reddit.com/r/FIREUK/If you want to get started in investing, listen to our previous episode: https://open.spotify.com/episode/3vrvbPLIxReR2ACvgH9q6t?si=WAdkHgdwRlKlLoXa9bAOGg&dl_branch=1&nd=1Claer’s free-to-read column about the problems with FIRE is here: https://www.ft.com/content/f4283596-c967-11e9-a1f4-3669401ba76fAnd her column about active vs. passive funds is here: https://www.ft.com/content/c2e9abd0-0edd-4805-b1ab-d55b661c24dePresented by Claer Barrett. Produced by Persis Love and Philippa Goodrich. Executive producer is Manuela Saragosa. Sound design is by Breen Turner, with original music from Metaphor Music