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.

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

Do you stay at home? Do you want to make some extra cash while taking care of your kiddos? Here are 6 of the best jobs you can do from home to start earning the extra income you need.

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 […]

6 Gifts That Actually Help to Launch Graduates

Best (Intangible) Gifts for Graduates This Spring: Check out these 6 great ideas for gifts for all the graduates in your life. Instead of buying a gift, these intangible gifts will last a lifetime. All 6 ideas will create a healthy financial future for your grad.

It’s that time of year again. Graduation season is in full swing, and everywhere you look there are top ten lists telling you the best gift you can give the graduate in your life. While it’s always nice to receive presents, particularly when they commemorate the hard work necessary to earn a diploma or a […]

Is Venmo Safe? And Why Are All the Cool Kids Using It to Share Money?

Millenial Using Venmo to Exchange Money

Despite the fact I blew out 36 candles on my last birthday cake and I have been unable to identify most of the “celebrities” on the covers of magazines for at least ten years, I still tend to think of myself as a young and with-it individual who has her fingers on the pulse of […]

Women Aren’t Talking About Money – Here’s Why

Women and Money

A recent study by Fidelity Investments has uncovered some intriguing paradoxes about women’s relationship with money. Despite the fact that 92 percent of the women involved in the study want to learn more about financial planning, and 83 percent want to get more involved in their finances in the next year, a whopping 80 percent […]

How to Overcome Your Money Mindset Issues If You Grew Up Poor

Poor Kids in America

Everyone loves a great rags-to-riches story—but there is also a feeling among many of us that those stories are nothing but myths. You might think: Yes, it may be possible for anyone to become rich, powerful, and famous in America, but it’s certainly not going to happen to me or anyone I know. As it […]

3 Financial Worries That Didn’t Exist For Your Parents

Financial Worries for Millenials

Between taking on way too much student debt, doing sensitive banking on smart phones, and forgoing home ownership, it may seem like all of us are ignoring the money lessons our parents and grandparents tried to teach us. Being careful with money is looking more and more like a skill from a previous century. But the real […]

There Is No Spoon: Opting Out of the Consumerism Matrix

Matrix

It’s hard for me to believe, but it’s been 15 years since the film The Matrix blew everyone’s mind. In the decade and a half since the film was released, the special effects and stunts that gave the movie such an overwhelming visual appeal have become standard and even clichéd. But the idea behind the […]

The Best Canadian Part-Time Jobs with Benefits (Updated 2014)

Canadian Part-Time Jobs

Canada offers its citizens a single payer health care system, which means that all Canadians are covered for basic health services. Knowing this, an American might be forgiven for thinking that employer-sponsored health insurance benefits would be redundant. But the operative word for Canada’s public health insurance is “basic.” The state-run system guarantees primary care […]

3 Questions You Must Ask Yourself Before Dealing with Small Business Debt

Small Business Debt and Profit Margin

Opening (and maintaining) a small business is a pricey endeavor. Most entrepreneurs have to take on some debt in order to get their business started or keep it afloat. After all, overhead, equipment, and payroll all cost money, and borrowing might sometimes be the best option to pay for it all. Unfortunately, debt can also […]

Best Part Time Jobs With Benefits—Updated for the Implementation of Obamacare

20 part time jobs that offer great benefits even with the implementation of Obamacare. Many employers shortened the work week to under 30 hours to avoid providing benefits. Read here what companies will still have quality benefits for you and your family

Now that the Affordable Care Act has officially launched, it’s a good time to revisit the possibility of finding a part-time job with benefits. Prior to the implementation of the health-care mandate, many big-name businesses such as Papa John’s indicated that owners and franchisees would have no economic choice but to reduce employee hours to […]

What You Need to Know About Disability Insurance for the Self-Employed

Disability Insurance for the Self Employed

Disability insurance is hardly a sexy topic of conversation, or even a common worry. After all, it’s not like most of us do anything more strenuous than checking our email on the average day, so how likely is it that we will need disability insurance? As a matter of fact, it’s pretty likely. According to […]

An Interview with Farnoosh Torabi, Author of When She Makes More

Farnoosh Torabi

I recently had the opportunity to sit down with personal finance superstar Farnoosh Torabi to discuss her just-released book When She Makes More: 10 Rules for Breadwinning Women. Farnoosh’s book couldn’t be more timely. A Pew Study from 2013 found that 40% of households with children have a breadwinning mother at the helm. Last year, […]