The Financial Diet

A Total Beginner's Guide to Getting Good with Money

by Lauren Ver Hage , Chelsea Fagan

Number of pages: 208

Publisher: Holt Paperbacks

BBB Library: Economics and Investment

ISBN: 978-1250176165

About the Authors

Lauren Ver Hage : Lauren Ver Hage is a designer, and Chelsea Fagan's partner at


Chelsea Fagan : Chelsea Fagan is a writer, and the founder of The Financial


Editorial Review

The problem with being an adult is that you can basically do anything you want; no one’s going to stop you. whether that means spending several thousand dollars on something you don’t need or excessively eating out and hurting your monthly income; no one’s there to tell you can’t do this or that. You have to realize your mistakes yourself. Spending money is an essential part of our lives. We do it every day. But it is how we spend money that makes the difference. Going on a shopping spree simply because you have enough cash isn't a good way to spend your hard-earned money, whereas shopping for a new pair of shoes because yours is worn out qualifies as good spending.   If, like everyone, you struggle with following a budget, this summary of Chelsea Fagan’s book, The Financial Diet, is for you. 

Book Reviews

"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."

"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."

"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."

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