They’re making personal finance less stressful for women

Lauren Ver Hage (left) and Chelsea Fagan at Maggiano’s.
Mark J. Hunt
Lauren Ver Hage (left) and Chelsea Fagan at Maggiano’s.

Writer Chelsea Fagan and graphic designer Lauren Ver Hage aren’t financial experts, they’re just trying to make money a less taboo topic.

The New York City duo were in Boston the other day to debut their new book, “The Financial Diet: A Total Beginner’s Guide to Getting Good With Money,” a personal finance book for women who don’t care much about personal finance. It includes tips on budgeting, low-cost recipes, and expert interviews. (Before it was a book, “The Financial Diet” was a successful blog.)

“To see this in my hand, to flip through it, it feels incredibly satisfying,” said Ver Hage. “Working on the Internet, you have a different way of seeing work, and now others can see that what you do is tangible, too.”


The book event, replete with charcuterie boards and an open bar at Maggiano’s, was an intimate affair. Everyone left with an advanced copy of the book — courtesy of personal finance app Mint, which sponsored the event — and small goodies like Kind bars and face masks.

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Fagan said she hopes the book will make women more comfortable when talking about their finances.

“People who don’t want you to talk about money often have a reason for not wanting you to talk about money,” said Fagan. “For example, your employer.”

The book draws heavily from the blog, which Fagan and Ver Hage began in 2014, and includes a potpourri of finance and lifestyle posts: “An Exact Cost Breakdown Of My 4-Day Trip To London & Why I Wish I Spent More”; “How Your Professional Jealousy May Be Costing You More Than You Think”; “A Go-To Moving Checklist From Someone Who’s Moved 7 Times In 4 Years”; “5 Topics All Couples Should Agree On Financially.”

Fagan said she and Ver Hage enjoy hearing the stories of the women they’re trying to help.


“I think, ultimately, if the financial conversation isn’t reaching people who aren’t at events like this, it’s not worth having,” she said.

The book comes out Jan. 2.