Welcome to a new column from The Financial Diet, one of our very favorite sites, dedicated to money and everything it touches. One of the best ways to take charge of your financial life is through food and cooking. This column from TFD founders Chelsea Fagan and Lauren Ver Hage will help you be better with money, thanks to the kitchen.
I love food, I love cooking, I love going out to eat, I love the clink of those extra-big wine glasses coming together over a candlelit table, I love walking down the road with a foiled dish in my hand to go to a friend’s dinner party — I love food.
Eating and drinking well are two experiences that I will not compromise on, which can occasionally feel like a source of shame, as I also co-run a (very chic, in my opinion) website about personal finance called The Financial Diet. I often feel like my refusal to give up on these sensory experiences that many a more serious personal finance writer has deemed superfluous can make me feel like a traitor, and I know that a direct reduction in how much I spend on food each month would mean a lot for my long-term finances.
Whether we want to believe it or not, how we eat will in many ways dictate our financial future. Depending on where you live, food and dining represent the second or third biggest chunks of most budgets, and figuring out how to eat well for less is a huge key to getting control over a monthly money spreadsheet.