What Is The Financial Diet?

Welcome to The Financial Diet! We’re glad you’re here, and we hope you’ll hang out a while. But first, a little about us.

Founded by writer Chelsea Fagan in August 2014 as a personal blog to track her budget, The Financial Diet now publishes hundreds of voices on our website, and has the largest female-focused personal finance channel on YouTube. Our mission is to get more women talking openly and honestly about money, and to give you the confidence to build a fulfilling life on any budget.

Here on our website, we publish new stories every day about everything from creative ways to grow your income, to affordable ideas for meal prep and home decor, to honest, emotional accounts of how money affects people’s lives.

Over on YouTube, you can catch weekly shows that bring TFD to life:

The Financial Confessions (airs Mondays) — An interview-style podcast show, hosted by TFD’s CEO and Co-Founder Chelsea Fagan, featuring influencers, YouTubers, authors, and money experts talking about all things personal finance. Catch it across all podcast channels, too!

The Financial Diet (airs Tuesdays) — Our first and longest-running show, hosted by TFD’s CEO and Co-Founder Chelsea Fagan and covering a wide range of topics.

Making It Work (airs Thursdays) — An illustrated, narrative series telling real stories of how people face challenging or unusual financial situations with courage and confidence.

The Lifestyle Fix (aired Sept 2018-Sept 2019) — Hosted by Tasha Cochran, a Yale-educated attorney, mother, and founder of One Big Happy Life, this show covers all the life lessons and domestic habits she learned the hard way so you don’t have to.

The 3-Minute Guide (aired Jan-Dec 2018) — In this bite-size educational series, author of the popular book and blog Broke Millennial, Erin Lowry simplifies complex financial concepts.

Lastly, check out our book, The Financial Diet: The Total Beginner’s Guide to Getting Good With Money. Released in January 2019, it was named one of Refinery29’s best books of 2018 and has been positively reviewed by The New York Times, Elle Magazine, and many other places.

But enough about us! We’d love to connect with you on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and our weekly email newsletter. You can also request to join our Facebook Group to swap advice with thousands of like-minded people. And if you’d like to pitch a story, visit our submissions page for detailed instructions.

Interested in advertising on The Financial Diet? Contact annie@financeusd.top.

In The Press:

Forbes – 13 Must-Watch YouTube Channels for Making Money

Business Insider — The Financial Diet CEO Chelsea Fagan Interviews Reddit Co-Founder Alexis Ohanian

New York Times — Personal Finance for Those Who Don’t Have a Clue

Elle Magazine – If You Know Nothing About Personal Finance, You Need to Read This Book

Refinery29 – The Best Books of 2018 We Can’t Wait To Read This Year

Real Simple – The Most Inspiring Books for Graduates

NPR Marketplace – Helping millennials have a balanced ‘Financial Diet’

Entrepreneur – 3 Steps to the Perfect 3-Minute Pitch

Huffington Post – #TotalHonestyTuesday Lets You Be Your True Self On Instagram



    Chelsea Fagan is a writer, home cook, and the founder of TFD. She is currently on the road from “absolutely terrible with money” to “pretty good with money,” and in the meantime, is probably panicking over an overcooked roast.


    Lauren Ver Hage is an art director and graphic designer. She works to bring TFD to life, visually. Hobbies include: combining script and san serif typefaces, designing infographics, and photographing various TFD adventures.


    Annie leads business development, partnerships, and marketing at TFD. Long before joining the team, she was TFD’s first and biggest fan, having witnessed its inception and followed its growth into the dynamic community it is today. She lives in Brooklyn.


    Holly is The Financial Diet’s Head of Content, managing the editorial strategy and production across all of TFD’s platforms. She loves working for the brand that made her less afraid of facing her bank account. She loves pilates but loves pasta more. She lives in Harlem with her husband and their cat, Toby.


    Kristin Wong is the Managing Editor of the Financial Diet and author of the book Get Money: Live the Life You Want, Not Just the Life You Can Afford. She’s written for the New York Times, The Cut, Glamour magazine, Refinery29, and Travel + Leisure. She loves taking pictures, taking hikes, and taking naps. She is currently drinking her fourth cup of coffee.


    Rachel Steinman is The Financial Diet’s Social Media Manager, creating and managing content across all social platforms. Feel free to slide into our DMs, she loves to chat with the TFD community! When she’s not working, she’s usually watching bad reality TV shows and cooking on the Upper East Side where she lives with her husband.


    Monica is The Financial Diet’s Sales & Partnerships manager. She works on all things involving Marketing and Advertising Sales. Outside of work, you will most likely find her at the gym or new restaurant opening.


    Saidah manages the operations and events strategy for The Financial Diet. When she’s not in planning mode, you can find her at an art gallery, attempting bakasana, or in a lovely corner of Brooklyn.


The team above is a big part of TFD, but their voices alone are not enough to drive a fascinating and diverse conversation about what it means to be good with money (and good at life). We are always looking to hear more stories, and to grow the network of TFD contributors. The more we talk to each other, the smarter we are.



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