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Chelsea Fagan

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The Financial Diet
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New York City, New York, United States
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When just starting out in a household of your very own, it can get overwhelming when you stop and consider every little thing that makes a house a home. The list of “to-gets” is incredibly long and can get incredibly expensive. Some things are worth the investment, and others you’ve got to take in stride … Continued The post 5 Things I Finally Invested In When I Got My Own Place ...
Posted: Sep 22 2017 @ 10:46 AM
Over the past couple years, I have been slowly becoming more financially literate, and owning my financial independence. A lot of that is closely tied to reading TFD and other personal finance sites religiously. And if there’s anything that even a casual reader can take away from reading advices on these sites, it’s this: keep … Continued The post Why I’m Switching Back To One Singular Bank Account (For Now) appeared ...
Posted: Sep 22 2017 @ 9:27 AM
I was introduced to the movie Julie & Julia about two years ago, and have since watched it roughly 10 times. I had zero expectations of it, but walked away feeling absolutely delighted, inspired to cook a hell of a lot more, and fascinated by the lives of the two women featured in the movie. … Continued The post Design Your Life: Julie & Julia appeared first on The Financial Diet. ...
Posted: Sep 21 2017 @ 2:08 PM
The idea of saving money on meals is not a new idea — though it actually makes me happy to imagine that a hundred years from now, food-savvy folks will still recommend clipping coupons and prepping lunches for the week ahead. Even if you take a dystopian-future worldview, some prophet in the ruins will probably … Continued The post Ditch The Parsley, & 3 Other Budget Cooking Tips You Haven’t Thought ...
Posted: Sep 21 2017 @ 12:41 PM
When I got the offer for my first job, a junior copywriting role for $32,000/year, I was thrilled. As someone who had only ever worked for minimum wage, had internalized the truism that English majors are doomed to scrape by for the entirety of their professional lives, and would have accepted almost any offer just … Continued The post 4 Lessons From Failed Salary Negotiations That Helped Me Finally Get A ...
Posted: Sep 21 2017 @ 11:14 AM
There are a lot of reasons why I gained weight over a period of two years, and it’s hard to pinpoint a specific reason. Was it the new medication I was on? Was it a romantic relationship that I got too comfortable in? Was it the fact that I switched my active restaurant job for … Continued The post 6 Financial Truths I Learned After Losing 65 Pounds appeared first on ...
Posted: Sep 21 2017 @ 9:38 AM
I got my first credit card earlier this year, and it’s safe to say I definitely did not use it properly. Like, at all. I learned a few hard lessons along the way during my first year of having ~credit~, and I thought I would share these with the TFD community, so maybe you won’t … Continued The post 5 Ways You Should Never Use A Credit Card, Oh My God ...
Posted: Sep 20 2017 @ 1:36 PM
I am many things. Mom, entrepreneur, writer, blogger, photographer, wife, sister, daughter, project manager, basketball player, traveler, super chef (in my own lil’ kitchen), friend, singer (best karaoke in cars!!), organizer, dancer (killer moves, here), dreamer, doer. Only one thing at a time (rare). All of them at the same time (often). But, here is … Continued The post How I Landed A 6-Figure Salary After Being Out Of The Workforce ...
Posted: Sep 20 2017 @ 11:39 AM
Like many young people at the start of their careers, I don’t control my own schedule at work. It can be completely dead one minute and crazy hectic the next, so I struggle to make effective use of my downtime when I never know how long it might last. Over the past year, I’ve been … Continued The post How I Used A Smartphone Game To Reclaim My Work/Life Balance appeared ...
Posted: Sep 20 2017 @ 10:16 AM
Sometimes, the quest for frugality can drive us to do ugly things. One of those things is mooching. You probably know some mooches in your life. I know I do! In every social group, there’s That One Guy who comes to every party, eats and drinks as though he’s storing up for a long winter’s hibernation, … Continued The post How To Tell If You’re Being Super Frugal Or An Insufferable Mooch ...
Posted: Sep 19 2017 @ 1:25 PM


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