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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

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.

5 Big Brands Making the World a Better Place

Next time you're ready to spend some cash, try shopping these brands. The dollars you spend there will go toward making the world a better place.

7 Ways to Make Money During a Semester Abroad

Studying abroad can enrich your life, but deplete your wallet. Offset the costs by earning your keep while you're overseas.

4 New Year's Resolutions Your Pet Wants You to Make

Fluffy and Fido are really, really hoping you'll keep these New Year's resolutions. Even better — they're good for you, too.

You're Missing Out on These 5 Easy Fixes for FOMO

While you've been afraid of missing out on everything, you've also missed out on ways to cure FOMO. But here they are!

5 Ways to Keep Anxiety From Ruining Your Budget

Anxiety and depression can worm their way into many aspects of life — including your money. Here's how to fight back.

Earn More Interest by Reducing Savings Friction

Sometimes friction is a good thing. Like when you can use it to save tons of money.

4 Easy-to-Fix Reasons Your Savings Account Isn't Growing

Don't get frustrated by a stunted savings account. Make these moves instead to help your money grow.