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The Financial Confessions is the inaugural podcast from The Financial Diet, where founder and host Chelsea Fagan sits down every week with experts, influencers, and everyone in between to talk about money in a way they never have before. From divorce lawyers to reality TV stars to CFPs, The Financial Confessions combines the tactical money strategies we need with the revealing, vulnerable money confessions we all want to hear.

You can watch The Financial Confessions on YouTube, or listen to it at any of these podcast platforms.

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Episode 50

A New York Times Editor On Salary Transparency, Freelance Rates, & Successful Negotiation

Chelsea talks to Tim Herrera, New York Times’ Smarter Living editor, all about how to discuss your salary and freelance rates, what he actually made as a new journalist, and how to more openly talk about money online.

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Episode 49

A Travel Hacker On Budget Tricks, Credit Card Tips, And Travel Dos And Don'ts

Chelsea talks to Julia Menez of Geobreeze Travel about getting back to travel post-COVID, how to start travel hacking, and the most BS money-saving travel advice on the internet.

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Episode 48

A Recruiter On Resume Red Flags, Executive Secrets, & How To Get Paid More At Any Job

Chelsea talks to Jazmine Reed-Clark about her experiences as a recruiter, using your enneagram type to make good career choices, the difference between mentoring and sponsorship, and more!

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Episode 47

An Investing Expert On How He Picks Stocks, Misconceptions About Investing, And Building Real Wealth

Chelsea speaks to Kevin L. Matthews II of Building Bread about investing, responsible stock-picking, and helping underserved communities gain financial confidence.

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Episode 46

A Motherhood Educator On Adoption, Motherhood Reality, And How To Know If You Should Have Kids

Chelsea talks to Brandi Ebersole, a writer, photographer, and adoption expert. They discuss the finances of parenthood and adoption, the realities of adoption that many people don’t know about, and how to decide if you’d like to become a parent.

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Episode 45

Simply Nailogical On Keeping Her Day Job, Net Worth, & Being Childfree

Chelsea talks to Cristine from Simply Nailogical about the monetary side of YouTube, how she fell into internet success, and why she’s keeping her day job despite making more money off her videos.

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Episode 44

Hank Green On Cryptocurrency, Big Tech Censorship, & Online Radicalization

Chelsea talks to Hank Green about NTFs, bitcoin, and the future of cryptocurrency.

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Episode 43

Brittany Broski On Cancel Culture, The Finances Of Going Viral, & Life After Kombucha

Chelsea talks to content creator and comedian Brittany Broski about going viral, the reality of making money online, and the fears and anxieties that come with having a public persona.

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Episode 42

Million Dollar Listing's Ryan Serhant On NYC Real Estate, Working On Bravo, & Big Money Mistakes

Chelsea talks to NYC realtor (and star of Million Dollar Listing) Ryan Serhant about New York real estate secrets, working on Bravo, and what kind of money you actually make in reality TV.

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Bonus episode

A Very Special COVID TFC: Vaccines, Next Steps, & The New Normal With Dr. Syra Madad

Chelsea speaks with epidemiologist Dr. Syra Madad to answer audience questions on the vaccine, the future of COVID spreading, and where we go from here.

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Episode 41

YouTuber Tiffany Ferguson On MLMs, Influencers, & Toxic Social Media Trends

Chelsea speaks with YouTuber TiffanyFerg about the worst social media trends, from TikTok flex culture to girlboss-y MLM recruiters.

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Episode 40

A Therapist On The Emotions of Money, Your Inner Child, And Mental Health When You're Broke

Chelsea sits down with licensed therapist Alyssa Mancao to talk about the connection between mental health and money.

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Episode 39

Aja Dang On Paying Off $200K Of Debt, Being The Breadwinner, & Running A Business During COVID

Chelsea sits down with YouTuber Aja Dang to talk about paying off exorbitant student loans and other debt, the unexpected difficulties of running a business selling products, secrets of the modeling world, and her journey to a successful career online.

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Episode 38

Broke Millennial On Prenups, The Having Kids Debate, & The Finances Of Love

In this episode, Chelsea sits down with longtime friend of TFD, Erin Lowry AKA Broke Millennial.

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Episode 37

YouTuber Big Joel On Jordan Peterson, Ben Shapiro, & The Dangers Of Conservative Self-Help

In our second episode of our (remotely-filmed) second season of The Financial Confessions, we spoke with YouTuber Big Joel (AKA Henry), all about youtube internet culture, bad money advice, and conservative male insecurity.

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Episode 36

An Investing Expert on GameStop, Robinhood, & The Future of the Stock Market

Our first guest back in the (remotely-filmed) studio is Doug Boneparth, a millennial CFP. He and Chelsea talk about GameStop, what people need to know about the stock market, and how social media and the internet has shaped the future of investing.

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Episode 35

Chelsea On Financial Changes Post-COVID, Navigating Times Of Anxiety, & Her Favorite Real Housewife

n our last TFC episode of this season, Chelsea answers listeners’ most controversial money questions. Thank you to everyone who has listened to this season — we’ll be back before you know it!

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Episode 34

Money YouTuber Yanely Espinal On Financial Mistakes, Horror Stories, & Triumphs

Chelsea speaks with financial educator Yanely Espinal about her biggest money cautionary tale, growing up in Brooklyn and going to an Ivy League school, and dealing with credit card debt when you weren’t afforded a solid financial education growing up.

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Episode 33

Carmen of Make Real Cents On Being Sued For Student Loans, Working On Wall Street & Learning To Code

Chelsea speaks with Carmen Perez of Make Real Cents all about making it through quarantine financially, leaving her Wall Street career for the startup world, bringing personal finance to Tik Tok, and paying off student loan debt.

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Episode 32

Cindy of Zero-Based Budget On Paying Off A $200k Debt In 4 Years, And What Comes After

Cindy Zuniga from Zero-Based Budget Coaching speaks to us all about law school, paying off tons of debt in a short period, coming from an immigrant family, and using your privilege to help your community.

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Episode 31

A Family Law Attorney On Virtual Court, The Impact Of Abuse, & How Quarantine Exposes Bad Marriages

Chelsea speaks with NYC-based family law attorney Aimee Richter about how families are coping with quarantine, the domestic issues that are even more apparent during this time, and what it’s like to go to court over Zoom.

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Episode 30

Chelsea Fagan On Her Money Fails, Starting From Zero, & How Anyone Can Get Better With Money Today

Chelsea talks solo about her personal journey with money, the big credit card mistake that majorly influenced her young adulthood, and how she started getting good with money when she thought she’d never be able to.

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Episode 29

Kara Brown On The Finances Of Hollywood, Talking About Money, & Her Long-Term Goals

In this episode, Chelsea sits down with TV writer and podcaster Kara Brown to talk about money in Hollywood, how to eliminate financial stress, and how she’s working towards her long-term money goals.

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Episode 28

A Mindfulness Expert On Navigating COVID, Adjusting Expectations, And Finding Balance

Chelsea sits down with mindfulness expert, professor, and associate director of Global Spiritual Life at NYU Melissa Carter to discuss mental health, self-acceptance, mindful living, and how money impacts all of the above.

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Episode 27

A CFP On Making An Emergency Budget, Getting Out Of Debt, And Low-Income Advice

Chelsea sits down to talk with CFP Brittney Castro all about how to make good money moves even when you’re on a low income, from working out your emergency budget to what to do with the money you can afford to save.

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Episode 26

A Money Expert On Losing Your Job, Changing Your Plans, & Rethinking Your Identity

In this week’s episode, money expert Stefanie O’Connell Rodriguez discusses the issues with tying your identity to your career, especially amid COVID-19 and our new reality. She also discusses her husband’s job loss and their loss of income, and how they’re changing their plans moving forward.

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Episode 25

For Harriet’s Kimberly Foster On Racism, Feminism, Convincing Internet Strangers, & The Kardashians

n this episode, Chelsea speaks with YouTuber Kimberly Foster from the channel For Harriet, all about how internet feminism falls short, talking about racism on YouTube, and how to build a sustainable online presence and career while staying true to who you are.

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Episode 24

A Professional Organizer On What To Keep, What To Get Rid Of, And How To Live Better At Home

In this episode, Chelsea speaks with professional organizer Jolin Polasek, owner of Sage Organization and Design, about all the things we’re doing wrong in our homes, and how to fix them — from not using vertical space to letting dirty clothes pile up on that random chair.

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Episode 23

Investment Expert Amanda Holden On Navigating COVID, Thinking Long-Term, & Why We Will Bounce Back

Chelsea speaks with investment expert Amanda Holden on all our most pressing money concerns — from investing through a global crisis to how to think long-term when our short term is so uncertain.

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Episode 22

Chelsea & Producer Ryan On Celebrities, Influencers, And Social Media In Quarantine

In this episode, Chelsea speaks with producer Ryan Houlihan all about how celebrities are handling their upturned lives during coronavirus, and what we’ve learned during quarantine through social media.

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Episode 21

Chelsea Fagan Answers Questions About Social Distancing, Fear, & The Future Of Your Money

In this episode, Chelsea answers your questions — in a responsible, socially distanced way — about coping with isolation, handling fear and anxiety, and planning for a future that feels uncertain.

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Episode 20

Therapist Kati Morton On Managing Your Anxiety & Your Money

Therapist and YouTuber Kati Morton talks all things money and mental health, from common misconceptions of therapy, to ways to manage money anxiety, to talking to your loved ones about money problems.

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Episode 19

Money Expert Farnoosh Torabi On Protecting Your Finances, Leaving The City, & Outearning Her Husband

Chelsea talks with Farnoosh Torabi all about the realities faced by women who outearn their husbands, how to protect your money in times of crisis, and why she left NYC now that her kids are older.

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Episode 18

WheezyWaiter On Intermittent Fasting, Internet Sobriety, & The Money-Saving Power Of Habit

Chelsea talks with beloved YouTuber WheezyWaiter all about challenging yourself, trying new things, and building new habits, from drinking less alcohol to intermittent fasting to exercising and eating less sugar.

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Episode 17

Tasha Cochran Of One Big Happy Life On IVF, Good vs Bad Debt, & Quitting Your Job

This week, Chelsea sits down with Tasha Cochran from One Big Happy Life to tackle some controversial and emotional money topics.

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Episode 16

Graham Stephan On Capitalism, Becoming A YouTube Millionaire, & The Best Money He’s Ever Spent

This week, Chelsea and Graham Stephan sat down once again to answer your most burning money questions — from how to find the best bank account to how they approach money differently.

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Episode 15

Ask Polly’s Heather Havrilesky On Self-Help, Tim Ferriss, & Getting Healthier With Money

This week, Chelsea sat down with Heather Havrilesky to talk all things money, work, work-life balance, and the realities of marriage.

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Episode 14

Beth of Budget Bytes on Meal Prep, Cheap Recipes, and the Best Things at Trader Joe’s

This week we got to chat with Beth Moncel (a.k.a. Budget Bytes) all about how she got into cooking, making the most of your ingredients, and why so many food bloggers write personal stories with their recipes.

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Episode 13

Millennial Financial Advisor Doug Boneparth On What Younger Generations Should Do With Their Money

This week we got to talk to Douglas Boneparth, a millennial CFP, about student debt, marriage, kids, retirement, and all the other life events that younger generations have on the horizon.

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Episode 12

A Divorce Lawyer On Prenups, Ugly Money Arguments, & What People Don’t Know About Divorce

Should you get a pre-nup? A post-nup? Just wing it? This week we chat with divorce lawyer James Sexton about splitting up, staying together, and loving each other either way.

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Episode 11

Ashley C. Ford On Growing Up Poor, Boomers vs Millennials, And Overcoming Your Shame

Writer Ashley C. Ford gives her super honest thoughts about money, including the unfair realities present in the media industry and how much she really makes as a writer.

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Episode 10

Kelly Cutrone On “The Hills,” The Finances Of Reality TV, & Her Best Business Advice

This week we have PR maven, author, and TV legend Kelly Cutrone in the studio to discuss the financial realities of reality TV – from shows like The Hills to America’s Next Top Model.

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