What I’m Watching: “The Financial Diet”

One of the things I am trying to do with this whole midlife makeover thing is to consume a broad and varied catalog of self-help, how-to, and motivational resources. I notice that, too often, people who go on these self-improvement journeys often identify a single book or method — KonMari, or the Total Money Makeover, or the Keto Diet, or whatever — and use that method, and only that method, even if the method itself has flaws or gaps. That’s fine, for some people, but I prefer to synthesize the best elements of many approaches, in the hopes of finding one that works best for me.

So this is the first of my “Self-Improvement Library” recommendations, highlighting the sources of information and advice that I’m finding most helpful in my midlife makeover. YMMV. First up, the YouTube channel “The Financial Diet.”


As its name implies, “The Financial Diet” is focused primarily on money, though topics can touch on a range of self-improvement topics related to spending (diet, decluttering, habit-breaking, etc.). Videos are typically hosted/narrated by Chelsea Fagan, the co-founder of the site. Sometimes it is her just talking pre-scripted (I think) to the camera; other times she is interviewing people with perspectives on frugality and self-improvement. There’s also other kinds of videos, like the animated essay below (these seem to be older and representing “series” TFD produced in the past).


I am definitely enjoying TFD. Nothing in the videos I have watched so far have been particularly profound or challenging, but they are definitely relatable and often give me things to chew over as I’m doing whatever it is I’m doing while “watching” them. Chelsea has what I like to call a “good background voice”, in that I can listen to her while doing other things without either losing track of the video OR whatever task I’m doing.

As the intended audience seems to trend more urbane and Milleneal than yours truly, TFD occassionally swings and misses for my situation (for example, any advice having to do with cars and/or public transportation); but those moments are rare and there’s plenty more there that I can use in my life.

All in all, I am finding TFD to be a nicely focused, digestable place to listen to and think about my money management and spending habits. I recommend checking them out!


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