About Emily Guy Birken

Emily Guy Birken is a former English teacher, and an excellent freelance writer. She's also a stay-at-home-mom. She resides in Lafayette, IN, with her engineer husband and son. Emily's thoughts on parenting and life in general are found at The SAHMnambulist.

8 Tips to Secure Your Marriage (and Money) for Years to Come

It may be difficult to talk to your beloved about money, but it is a non-negotiable if you want a healthy marriage. That’s because money problems are cited as one of the top reasons for divorce, just behind infidelity and communication issues. Don’t let money problems hurt your happy marriage. Here are eight tips you […]

Investing in Lending Club: What You Need to Know

There’s an excellent reason why Lending Club is currently the largest peer-to-peer lending network, responsible for over $13 billion in loans as of September 2015. Borrowers enjoy better rates than they could find at a bank, and lenders receive returns that could be difficult to replicate with more traditional investments. Specifically, lenders have earned an […]

40 Ridiculously Cheap (and Creative) Valentine’s Day Ideas

As a lifelong cheapskate, I have often been bemused by the amount of money people spend to prove to their spouses, children, and families just how much they love them. No time is this more evident than on February 14 of each year, when love advertising goes into overdrive to convince consumers that true love […]

The Best Automatic Savings Apps to Grow Your Wealth in 2016

Saving money has a lot in common with flossing: you know it’s important, professionals wag their fingers at you when they find out you’ve been neglecting it, and it seems like a major pain to get in the habit of doing. Luckily for reluctant savers, technology has come to the rescue in the form of automatic […]

What to Expect When Borrowing from Lending Club

Peer-to-peer lending is arguably one of the greatest financial innovations of the past few years, especially for borrowers. The peer-to-peer model allows borrowers to access loans at better rates than they could get through traditional banks because they are borrowing from individual investors, rather than monolithic banks. The lenders/investors are also able to get a […]

10 Ways to Use “the Internets” to Save Money Online

Shopping is much different these days than it was even twenty years ago. With information, reviews, and price comparisons on any product you can imagine available 24/7, it now takes very little effort to be a savvy consumer and make sure you get the biggest bang for your buck. However, you may be unaware of […]

5 Ways to Organize Your Life and Save Money

I hate to admit it, but I am organizationally challenged. My home is littered with doubles of items I’ve bought when I could not find the original. My living room often looks like who-did-it-and-ran, which is only partially the fault of the resident rugrats. I’ve even been known to misplace checks for months at a […]

9 Surprisingly Big Benefits of a Smaller Home

It’s hardly news that downsizing your home will save you money. In addition to the lowered mortgage payment and taxes, you’ll also spend less on utilities and maintenance. But living in a smaller house isn’t just a smart financial decision. Deciding to downsize can also improve your quality of life. Here are five nine ways […]

10 Inexpensive Powerhouse Foods to Add to Your Diet

Here in America the national conversation on food is never-ending, but the big takeaway always seems to be that healthy eating is necessarily expensive. As a personal finance blogger with an interest in nutrition, that really irritates me. Not only does the advice to simply go forth and buy leafy greens often ignore the financial […]

Here’s Why You Need Travel Insurance

Planning a vacation is supposed to be fun, which means many travelers neglect to consider travel insurance. After all, why would you spend your time thinking about the possibility of travel mishaps when you could be selecting itineraries, mapping out walking tours, or deciding which tropical drinks you’ll be enjoying on the beach? But just […]

10 Meaningful and Unique Wedding Gift Ideas

Every spring and summer, it can feel like every couple you know all decide to get married around the same time. Once you’ve received the third or fourth wedding invitation in a season, it’s natural to wonder how on earth you are going to afford to attend each wedding and give a nice gift. This […]

Best Jobs for Stay-At-Home Moms (and Dads!)

So you’ve decided you want to stay at home with the kids! The only question now is how you’re going to keep the little tykes fed and clothed while you’re enjoying your time with them. The era of a one-income family being enough to provide for Mom, Dad and kids (and save for college) is […]