Book Review: The Financial Diet by Chelsea Fagen

The Financial Diet: A Total Beginner’s Guide to Getting Good with Money
Reviewed by Alin Clement, Creative Director

Authors: Chelsea Fagan & Lauren Ver Hage
Publication Year: 2018

Chelsea Fagan sounds like an older cousin giving you advice on how to set yourself up for financial success based on what she’s learned from her own financial blunders. She has a sarcastic and tough-loving but humorous tone. Chelsea interviewed many powerful women in writing this book, and provides wonderful summaries of each individual’s unique advice. The only thing missing was a deeper dive into more complicated topics, which I believe she could demystify.

Who is this book meant for?
millennials, young professionals, those who are starting from almost no knowledge about how to manage adult life and personal finances

Level of Financial Knowledge
Lowers the barriers to entry for understanding your finances. This book isn’t a one stop shop for everything, but it is a great place to start if you feel overwhelmed.
Approachable, easy to understand
It’s a quick read and definitely more of an overview rather than an in-depth guide for how to get your finances in order

Approach
More than just looking at your money, it takes a look at your lifestyle and the social factors that play into your financial situation
A guide to being an adult
How you can make holistic changes, like cooking, to improve your financial situation and your life
A lot of humor and honest personal stories from the author
Author talks to you like your tough-loving friend

Content
Budgeting, investing, career advice, cooking and food tips, home, love and relationships as they relate to your finances

Style
Bright and exciting visual design
Simple lists to breakdown tough concepts
Illustrations
Quick and easy read

If you liked this book, check out:
Authentic Budget by Sarah Li Cain
Your Money or Your Life by Joseph R. Dominguez, Monique Tilford, and Vicki Robin
Broke Millennial by Erin Lowry or her website
The Financial Diet’s YouTube channel or website