About Emily Guy Birken

Emily Guy Birken is a former English teacher and respected personal finance blogger. She lives in Milwaukee, Wisconsin with her engineer husband and two high-energy little boys. She has written two books: The Five Years Before You Retire and Choose Your Retirement. Emily's thoughts on parenting and life in general are found at The SAHMnambulist.

Does Your Teen Have to Pay Taxes?

Do you remember your first job? Do you remember the thrill of finally earning your own income? I do. I was 15 and received my lifeguard certification. I thought that I was one of the coolest kids around. Not only was I earning a little extra cash but I was spending my days bathing in […]

The Best Accounting Software for Small Business (2017)

A few years ago, I took over as financial secretary for my local synagogue, and I had my first taste of using accounting software. It didn’t go well. Our synagogue was stuck with an outdated program that ran slowly on my laptop and caused me any number of headaches. Without a background in accounting, I […]

Turn Your Unwanted Media and Tech into Cash with Decluttr

Last summer, my family and I moved from Indiana to Wisconsin. We purged a great deal of our stuff before we left, and got rid of some more once we were unpacking. And yet, in every room of our new house you can still find: video games that we no longer play, worn out tech […]

Best Identity Theft Protection Services for 2017

Identity theft is one of the modern age’s most pervasive and expensive financial problems. According to the 2016 Identity Fraud study released by Javelin Strategy & Research, $15 billion dollars was stolen from 13.1 million American consumers in 2015, the latest year for which we have statistics. Over the six years from 2010-2015, identity thieves […]

Wealthsimple Review: Canada’s Largest Robo-Advisor Comes to America with $50 Bonus

Since 2014, Wealthsimple has offered Canadians excellent service as the largest robo-advisor in the Great White North. Now, Wealthsimple comes to the U.S. (along with a sweet $50 signup bonus for PTMoney readers) with the same no-nonsense mission of bringing “smarter financial services to everybody, regardless of age or net worth.” Read on to learn more […]

The Best Life Insurance Companies [for Term Quotes]

It can hardly be a coincidence that no language on Earth has ever produced the phrase “as fun and exciting as shopping for life insurance.” That’s because insurance shopping is traditionally a frustrating endeavor. For one thing, no one wants to think about their own mortality, which makes life insurance shopping something of a bummer […]

TurboTax 2017 Review | Popular Online Tax Software

TurboTax is one of the most popular tax preparation software programs out there and for very good reason. It offers a step-by-step process for preparing your taxes so you can rest assured that every I is dotted, every T is crossed, and every eligible deduction is taken. They take care of yearly tax updates, making […]

7 Ways Millennials Can Avoid Mistakes Filing Taxes

This post is brought to you by TurboTax. While this post was sponsored by TurboTax, all content and opinions expressed here are my own. Tax season is upon us, which can be a stressful time of year for anyone. Millennials in particular tend to dread filing their taxes—according to a 2016 survey by NerdWallet, 80% […]

Xero vs. QuickBooks: Which Accounting Software Will Work Best for Your Small Business?

If you haven’t taken any classes in accounting, using QuickBooks can feel overwhelming. People with accounting backgrounds love the software, but it lacks some user-friendliness for those outside of the accounting profession. Since QuickBooks has been the giant in the small business accounting industry for many years, the choices for keeping the books were limited. Thankfully, the […]

The Best Automatic Savings Apps (to Grow Your Wealth in 2017)

Flossing. 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 […]

FreedomPop Review (2017 Update): Truly Free Mobile & Internet Service

Back in the early dark ages of the Internet, when you still had to dial up to get online, I once naively declared that online access should be free, and that I would never pay for Internet. I have eaten those words on a monthly basis for some time now, but I was reminded of […]

The Best Personal Finance Software for Taming Your Budget (In 2017)

Managing your money is a complex skill, especially now that you no longer have to leave the house or even pull out your wallet in order to spend money. That’s why it is more important than ever for you to track spending and stick to a budget. But the old school methods of budgeting can […]