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Emily Guy Birken

Emily has written three personal finance books: "The Five Years Before You Retire," "Choose Your Retirement," and the forthcoming "Making Social Security Work for You."

Latest articles by Emily Guy Birken

4 Times It Makes Sense to Buy the Gendered Product

The pink tax is real, but that doesn't mean it's all marketing hype.

4 Ways Your Money Can Support Your Values

Want to give back without going broke? Use your everyday finances as a means of funding your values.

4 Things You Need to Know About Deferring Student Loans

Hitting pause on student loan payments can be a complicated process. You'll need this knowledge under your belt before applying for deferment.

6 Things You Should Know About Joint Checking Accounts

Joint checking accounts offer plenty of convenience — but if you aren't careful, a few headaches, too.

People Are Still Spending Too Much on Their Weddings

Here comes the bride, all dressed in white, and about to enter a life of debt because she spent way too much on her wedding.

It's Never Too Late to Fix These 5 Money Mistakes From Your Past

Sure, you made a few money missteps in your youth. It's time to forgive yourself, move on, and tackle your finances like a grown up.

Why Tax Day Is April 15 and Other Weird Financial Deadlines

It might seem like the federal government drew these financial dates and deadlines out of a hat, but there's reason behind the madness.

10 Smart Ways to Keep Your Entire Life Clutter-Free

Decluttering can seem like an overwhelming process. But there is a way to clear the clutter without the stress of decluttering. Promise!

Here's How Your Taxes Will Change When You Retire

While you plan for all the travel and hobbies you'll do in retirement, you should probably plan for your taxes, too.

3 Ways More Money in Retirement Might Cost You

Having an extra large nest egg is a good thing! But to be sure, it comes with extra headaches you'll have to manage.

9 Surprising Perks (and Some Drawbacks) of Paperless Billing

Whether it comes by snail mail or email, a bill is a bill. How do you prefer to pay up?

14 Fun Ways to Spend a Snow Day Indoors

Winter days can be a drag, but with the right plan, you can turn the cabin fever into lots of fun.

6 Money Lessons From African-American Leaders

From TED talks to the blues, these African American leaders have imparted their financial wisdom on the world.

5 Things to Remember Every Time You Face a Financial Failure

Everybody falls down, even when it comes to their money. The key to success is getting back up again.

Here's How a Spending Ban Can Help (and Hurt) You

Finances currently a mess? Hit the reset button with a spending ban. Just be careful not to overdo it.

How to Help Your Kid Build Their First Budget

Everything your teen needs to master their money starts with you. Teach them budgeting basics that will last a lifetime.

5 Mental Biases That Are Keeping You Poor

Your love of lattes might not be totally to blame for your low funds. Cognitive biases could be derailing every one of your money-related decisions.

How to Manage Your Money — No Budgeting Required

Nobody likes budgeting. Here's how to keep track of your money without one.

6 Ways to Deal When You're Way Behind at Work

Looming deadlines, a 10-mile to-do list...it's time to conquer it all and get back on track at work. You can do it!

4 Ways Pessimism Can Actually Improve Your Finances

They say looking at the glass half empty is no way to live, but it might be the best way to steer clear of debt.