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Fagan is cofounder of the money website" The Financial Diet," which is appropriately heavy on motivational "listicles" like the 5 or 10 things you need to do to start saving now. Her book is an appealing beginning personal finance book. It's a shame it naturally has the word diet in the title, with all of the baggage that word now brings. It's not all about suggesting minor deprivations like cutting out cable and macchiatos. This is really a book about developing a healthy relationship with money, with maybe its most important advice that it's important to break the taboo and talk openly and freely about money with friends and family, particularly when there are income disparities or differing goals. The author includes her own advice as well as short interviews with her financial mentors. "The Financial Diet" provides a good beginning for those supporting themselves for the first time, as well as some new tips for veterans of financial checkups.— From Carla's Picks
*A Refinery29 Best Book of 2018*
*One of Real Simple's Most Inspiring Books for Graduates*
How to get good with money, even if you have no idea where to start.
The Financial Diet is the personal finance book for people who don’t care about personal finance. Whether you’re in need of an overspending detox, buried under student debt, or just trying to figure out how to live on an entry-level salary, The Financial Diet gives you tools to make a budget, understand investments, and deal with your credit. Chelsea Fagan has tapped a range of experts to help you make the best choices for you, but she also knows that being smarter with money isn’t just about what you put in the bank. It’s about everything—from the clothes you put in your closet, to your financial relationship habits, to the food you put in your kitchen (instead of ordering in again). So The Financial Diet gives you the tools to negotiate a raise and the perfect cocktail recipe to celebrate your new salary.
The Financial Diet will teach you:
• how to get good with money in a year.
• the ingredients everyone needs to have a budget-friendly kitchen.
• how to talk about awkward money stuff with your friends.
• the best way to make (and stick to!) a budget.
• how to take care of your house like a grown-up.
• what the hell it means to invest (and how you can do it).
"A personal finance guide written in an actually helpful tone...approachable for people who don't have a clue how to create a formula in Excel or have just been too intimidated to figure out their own situation." —BuzzFeed
"Chelsea Fagan sets herself a high bar in writing THE FINANCIAL DIET: She wants to prove to people who know little about personal finance that investing is both vital and not all that difficult. Does she deliver? Yes, and surprisingly well."—The New York Times
"Immediately useful advice you can actually implement no matter what you're working with, from two women who truly get it. Your future self will someday thank your present self for this good reading decision." —Refinery29
"This book is the perfect gift to help recent grads make smart money decisions early on." —Real Simple
"Based on Fagan’s popular blog, The Financial Diet—TFD for short—this book dispenses practical, no-nonsense financial advice, with balance as a key ingredient for success...Whip-smart, collaborative, and mindful, The Financial Diet dispenses timeless advice that goes above and beyond asking readers to give up their avocado toast." —Booklist
"Fagan elevates her book above other beginner guides by showing how finances and aspects of lifestyle such as diet and your relationship with money intertwine...The breezy lifestyle-magazine-like writing style and easy-to-digest layout make this guide a useful and readable resource." —Publishers Weekly
"This handy manual is packed with concise, clear advice on fundamentals like maintaining a personal budget and building credit. Fagan, a journalist and successful blogger, strikes a breezy, cordial tone on the page. Untangling knotty topics such as investing and retirement planning, she delivers a crash course in economics that’s informative and—yes!—enjoyable...With a nifty layout by designer Lauren Ver Hage, this appealing book can help you make 2018 the year of spending—and saving—wisely." —BookPage