Meet Meg Favreau, Our Senior Editor

by Meg Favreau on 2 December 2010 4 comments

Hi, I'm Meg. I joined the Wise Bread team as Senior Editor in late October, and I'm thrilled to be here. Wise Bread's motto – “living large on a small budget” — is at the core of my financial philosophy. I believe that with some planning, compromise, and ingenuity, you can enjoy your favorite things and achieve your goals while maintaining a sane relationship with money.

I've always been a fan of reusing, recycling, and spending wisely; and I love hunting down good deals. But I really put my financial will to the test a couple of years ago when I left a full-time job that was making me unhappy to strike out on my own as a freelance writer. I had a little work lined up at the time, but not enough, and I was forced to make several financial compromises and live on a drastically reduced budget. But the risk also led to some of the most rewarding experiences I've had, including travel, the time to focus on my own writing, the opportunity to serve as Managing Editor at a food and drink magazine, and now, working at Wise Bread.

As you can probably guess from that last bit about the food and drink magazine, I love eating and drinking. And I think that being fiscally healthy is a lot like maintaining a healthy relationship with food. If you decide to change your eating habits, some people can make — and stick to — drastic diet changes. But more of us are likely to succeed if we work on several small changes over time. After all, if you've traditionally quelled your dessert cravings with chocolate cake topped with enough buttercream to fuel Michael Phelps through a day at the Olympics, suddenly serving yourself a banana for dessert is not going to flip the “craving off” switch in your brain. The key is moderation — allowing yourself less cake, switching to a lower-sugar recipe, or dipping the banana in chocolate. After a while, you likely won't find yourself wanting the giant piece of calorie-laden cake like you used to — and if you do, sometimes you just have to let yourself splurge.

Similarly, some of us can make drastic financial changes — cutting up our credit cards after years of overspending or moving from a multi-story house to a tiny apartment. But most of us do better making little changes and improving our relationship with money over time. That's one of the things I love the most about Wise Bread: It provides the information and tools you need whether you're ready to make a big change or a small one. From teaching you to make more of what you have to planting the seed for a major life change, from helping you get out of debt to teaching you a new skill, it's my hope that Wise Bread empowers you to save money, spend thoughtfully, and get the most out of your life, whatever your circumstances.

As Senior Editor, I'll be working with Wise Bread's writers to keep the content you love on the site while improving and adding new areas of coverage. If you ever have any ideas, comments, or questions, feel free to contact me; I always look forward to hearing what you think.

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Will Chen's picture

Welcome Meg!

I'm thrilled you've joined the team... and I'm a bit hungry.

Meg Favreau's picture

Thanks, Will! Let me know if you need me to send you any recipes. :)

Andrea Karim's picture

Yay, Meg! I'm so psyched to have you on board with us. It's good to have someone who keeps me in line.

Meg Favreau's picture

I'm happy to be here! Now get back to work...wait, I meant to say "Thanks for the warm welcome."