The Financial Diet

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The Financial Diet: A Total Beginner's Guide to Getting Good with Money

The Financial Diet is the personal finance book that will teach you how to get good with money. 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, this guidebook gives you tools to make a budget, understand investments, and deal with your credit. The Financial Diet covers everything―from the clothes you put in your closet, to your financial relationship habits, to the food you put in your kitchen. Ultimately, this book gives you the tools to negotiate a raise and the perfect cocktail recipe to celebrate your new salary.

A Refinery29 Best Book of 2018

One of Real Simple's Most Inspiring Books for Graduates

Indie Personal Finance Bestseller

"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."

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."


"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 DietTFD 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."


"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 e onomics 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."