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.

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 […]

6 Gifts That Actually Help to Launch Graduates

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?

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

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

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

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 […]