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.

How I Use Excel to Manage My Family’s Budget

I have long been a money nerd. As a small child, I used to empty my piggy bank, count everything that was inside, and put it all back in, feeling pretty good about my net worth as an 8-year-old. So, it should come as no surprise that the detail-oriented piggy-bank counter has grown up to […]

Master Your Small Business Accounting with QuickBooks Online

This post is brought to you by Intuit QuickBooks. While this post was sponsored by Intuit QuickBooks, all content and opinions expressed here are my own. Entrepreneurs and small business owners tend to be a pretty plucky bunch. They recognize the need that they can fill, work tirelessly to offer the best product or service […]

The Best Retirement Calculators [How Much Will You Need to Retire?]

Calculating how much money you will need for retirement is one of those inherently frustrating exercises since it seems like you have to start with information you can’t possibly know—simply figure out when you will die, and calculate backward from there! Despite the built-in difficulty of determining the exact amount you need for retirement, there […]

Finances in Order? Don’t Forget to Monitor Your Credit [TransUnion Credit Monitoring Review]

This post is brought to you by TransUnion. While this post was sponsored by TransUnion, all content and opinions expressed here are my own. You’ve come a long way in your financial journey. You mostly follow your budget, you’re no longer surprised by financial emergencies, and you are working on saving for long-term goals, like […]

Sign Up for FreedomPop’s Free Mobile Service for Your Teen

This post is brought to you by FreedomPop. While this post was sponsored by FreedomPop, all content and opinions expressed here are my own. My oldest child is currently only 6 years old. I suspect I only have another four or five years before he starts pestering me for a cell phone. Though my intention […]

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 […]