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 four books: The Five Years Before You Retire, Choose Your Retirement, Making Social Security Work For You, and End Financial Stress Now. Emily's thoughts on parenting and life in general are found at The SAHMnambulist.

How Much Cash Should You Keep In Savings? (And Where Should You Keep It?)

They say everyone should have three-to-six months’ worth of expenses in an emergency fund. Unfortunately, if you follow this rule you probably have quite a bit of cash earning almost nothing in interest–and losing money to inflation. Where you save your money can be just as important as how much you have saved. Here’s what […]

A Fee-Free High-Interest Checking Account For Small Business Owners: Spark Business [Review]

I have been banking with Capital One for many years now—ever since Capital One purchased ING Direct in February of 2012. Though I have always been very pleased with Capital One’s higher APYs for savings accounts (at least compared to traditional brick-and-mortar banks), their ease-of-use, and their excellent customer service, I still only have those […]

Is AARP Worth it? Get These Awesome Benefits (Some Free) for People Under 50

At the YMCA where I used to work out, there was always a large stack of AARP magazines available for perusal during my 30 minutes on the elliptical or treadmill. Despite being in my 30s, it was always my favorite magazine to borrow for a workout—although I’d sometimes hide the cover like I was reading […]

Exit Your Timeshare Legally: Newton Group Transfers [Review]

Timeshares always seem like such a good idea when you are in the midst of one of those infamous, hours-long presentations. Not only can you imagine the joys of vacationing every year in a fabulous resort for a low, low price, but the sales tactics of timeshare salespeople can do a whammy on your rational […]

The Annuity You Can Start Funding When You’re Young (Blueprint Income’s Personal Pension)

This piece was sponsored by Blueprint Income. However, opinions expressed are our own. Unlike many working in the personal finance sphere, I have no plans to retire. I love my work as a freelance writer, and I intend to keep at it even if my fingers my fall off and I have to type with […]

18 Legit Work-From-Home Jobs with No Startup Fee

Back before the Internet connected us at all times, it was mostly reclusive novelists and temperamental artists who were able to truly work from home. Anyone who had the dream of being able to work in their pajamas was either stuck dreaming about it, or they fell victim to some sort of envelope-stuffing scam that […]

Build Your Credit and Savings at the Same Time with Self Lender [It’s Legit!]

This post is brought to you by Self Lender. While this post was sponsored by Self Lender, all content and opinions expressed here are my own. PT’s note: I first heard about Self Lender when a close friend asked me, “hey, is Self Lender legit?” His wife wanted to start improving her credit and wanted […]

Get 100% Free Talk, Text & 4GB Data for One Penny with FreedomPop

This post is brought to you by FreedomPop. While this is a sponsored post, all content and opinions expressed here are my own. If you’re like me, you probably favor companies that you know are fighting for you? I’ve long been impressed by the offerings of FreedomPop, the no-really-we’re-not-kidding FREE mobile and Internet service provider […]

BillFixers Review: Why You Should Let Them Negotiate Your Bills

Editor’s note: PT here. I’m happily paying BillFixers $27 a month ($324 in total) for the next year. Why? Because they saved me a total of $648 on my Internet service with AT&T! To see how BillFixers could work for you, check out our full review below… Bills, bills, bills! They can seem never-ending. From […]

TurboTax Live Review: File Your 2017 Taxes at Home with Expert Help

This post is brought to you by TurboTax. While this is a sponsored post, all content and opinions expressed here are my own. If you’re like you, you probably have a long history with TurboTax. They were the program I used back when I was filing taxes as a single graduate student in 2006, and […]

The Best Personal Finance Budget Software with Apps (In 2018)

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 be […]

TurboTax 2018 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 […]