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Chelsea Fagan

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The Financial Diet
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As I write this, I am less than three weeks from leaving my job to go to graduate school full time, and I’m terrified. I’m nervous about future grades, my one-hour commute, and impending impostor syndrome — but not about money. Financially, I feel confident, because I have laid the foundation to transition to being […] The post The Checklist That Let Me Know I Was Financially Ready For Grad School ...
Posted: Jun 18 2018 @ 2:21 PM
While writing this blog post alone, I checked my phone, fixed the time on my clock, peeled off nail polish, wrote a job application, and made my bed. When left to my own devices during a long winter break in which all of the “to-do” tasks are not mandatory, but rather tasks I have brought […] The post 11 Surefire Way To Eliminate Distractions (That You Haven’t Already Tried) appeared first ...
Posted: Jun 18 2018 @ 1:40 PM
I had attempted to keep a budget multiple times in my adult life. I would draw up the categories, but wouldn’t follow through with tracking my spending. I’d also make my budget without looking at my previous spending habits over the past few months. In hindsight, it is easy to see why my attempts had […] The post 5 Major Life Changes I’ve Made Since I Finally Started Budgeting appeared first ...
Posted: Jun 18 2018 @ 12:48 PM
In June 2008, I got my first post-college job as a copyeditor. I had a shiny diploma and the desperation to stay financially afloat so I wouldn’t have to move back home. While I had worked as an office temp for a few summers, did a very brief editing internship my senior year, and worked […] The post How My Career Goals & Self-Perception Have Changed Now That I’m In My ...
Posted: Jun 18 2018 @ 11:39 AM
One of the things I am most commonly asked is about my home. Owning property is not something you typically expect to hear from a person my age, and there is a reason for that — it isn’t the easiest option available. I bought my apartment as a single 21-year-old while both working and studying […] The post I Just Bought My First Apartment — Here’s What I’d Do Differently Next ...
Posted: Jun 18 2018 @ 10:39 AM
1. My jaw totally dropped reading this story of a Canadian clarinetist who successfully sued his ex-girlfriend for forging his identity to prevent him from going to a prestigious music program. (???) 2. This was a very entertaining article on all the fancy drink brand names we’re pronouncing wrong, which I’m not ashamed to admit […] The post 10 Things You Need To Read This Sunday appeared first on The Financial ...
Posted: Jun 17 2018 @ 1:26 PM
Not-so-news flash: Weddings are expensive. According to a 2017 survey from The Knot, the average celebration now costs $34,000. That’s big money you could otherwise put toward paying off debt, buying a home, or anything else that can help you start married life on solid financial footing. Here’s how three couples cut back on wedding […] The post How 3 Couples Saved Thousands In Wedding Costs To Put Towards Bigger Goals ...
Posted: Jun 15 2018 @ 2:21 PM
This is our now-weekly roundup of awesome, useful products currently at a big discount on Amazon. From the bigger investment items your home needs to the things that are nice to have, we’ll be letting you know when the stuff you’ve been wanting anyway has gone on sale (sometimes up to 83% off) so you […] The post TFD’s Weekly Amazon Prime Super-Sale Roundup appeared first on The Financial Diet. ...
Posted: Jun 15 2018 @ 1:30 PM
Some people’s financial woes come from bad luck or low salaries, but many make sufficient income and still can’t succeed. Spending less than you earn is a simple concept, but more often than not, the mental or emotional side trips people up. Surprisingly, a lot of what keeps people behind is that they don’t believe […] The post 5 Little Mantras That Have Been Responsible For All My Money Wins appeared ...
Posted: Jun 15 2018 @ 1:10 PM
Ignorance is bliss. And I’ve been blissfully and completely ignorant to how much money I spend on food. I track my spending to the penny, so I’ve always had the information available. I just didn’t take the time to add up monthly grocery and dining out expenses. But I recently (reluctantly) did the math, and what […] The post What I Learned When I Added Up 3 Months Of Food Spending appeared ...
Posted: Jun 15 2018 @ 11:35 AM


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