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

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

Are you unorganized? You may be losing money and time from your lack of orginization! Check out these 3 simple tips that can not only help you get your things in order, but also help you save some money in the process.

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

There is so much more to downsizing than just the size of your home! Read these 9 benefits of downsizing and see if making the move to a smaller home is right for your family. This list may convince you it's time to downsize!

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

Check your money skill set against this list. You'll see if you have what it takes to manage your finances well and keep you on the road to financial freedom. There are sure to be a few tips that you can use to manage your money even better.

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

Are you planning your big vacation for this summer? As you do, make sure to include travel insurance. There are plenty of affordable options that can give you peace of mind on any trip you take. Read this article to find out which works best for you.

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

The most meaningful and unique wedding gifts don't have to be expensive. Check out this list of 5 great ideas for frugal wedding gifts that will mean a lot to any couple. Wedding season is coming, so be prepared!

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!)

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 […]