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Emily Guy Birken

I remember doing two things as a kid: keeping careful track of my piggy bank, and reading every financial book I could find. I'm very interested in behavioral economics and how psychology affects our ability to make good money decisions.

Latest articles by Emily Guy Birken

This Is How the High Cost of Cheap Gas Hurts You

Turns out cheap gas isn't so cheap after all.

6 Money Questions You Never Have to Answer

When Nosy Parkers start prying into personal money matters, here's how to shut 'em down.

5 Audiobooks About Money You Need to Hear

Turn your commute into a fun lesson in finance with these audiobooks about money.

This Is How Americans Spent Their Money in the 1950s

Americans had a lot of fun spending money in the 1950s, almost as much fun as we do spending money today.

3 Ways Good Sleep Makes You Wealthier

Being short on a few winks is bad for more than just your health. A bad night's sleep can lead to many harmful money mistakes, too.

How to Organize Your Paperwork in Just 10 Minutes a Week

If your financial filing system is more "pile" than file, take heart. Learn to control your documents — and make tax time and a lot else much easier.

10 Frugal Ways to Reduce Workplace Stress

You can reduce your stress levels at work without spending much (or any) money. Science says so!

Ask These 5 Questions Before Deciding On a Financial Advisor

Before trusting your finances to any old somebody, you need to carefully vet potential advisers. These basic questions will get you started.

The Zeigarnik Effect and 7 Other Ways to Beat the Housekeeping Blahs

It's Wednesday and the novelty of keeping the place ship-shape has long since worn off. Stay motivated with a few tidy ways to fight chore fatigue.

Is Your Emergency Fund Costing You Money?

Yes, we're always telling you to work on building your emergency fund. Now we'll tell you when to stop.

How One Family Lives Well (And Even Owns a Home) on Just $11 an Hour

Limited income, limited life — right? Wrong. Learn how the Luh family is thriving without a huge paycheck — and you can too.

3 Times When You Should Absolutely Quit

Nobody likes a quitter but knowing when to cut your losses is often the best decision you can make. Is it time to start quitting more?

4 Easy Ways to Automate Your Everyday Life

Don't let the little things distract you from the big picture. Free your mind for bigger things by putting your life on autopilot.

4 "As Seen on TV" Products Actually Worth the Money

Made-for-TV gadgets are rarely worth more than a laugh. But wait — don't change the channel on these four great items!

6 Cars You Can Drive (Almost) Forever

Meet the anti-lemons. After rigorous testing, these six cars have proven their reliability and longevity time and time and time and time... again.

3 Supposed Etiquette Faux Pas That Actually Make You Look Good

The rules of etiquette sometimes seem arcane and inflexible. Don't beat yourself up if you trip over one of these faux pas — own your flub and win.

4 Things Millennials Should Do Today to Prepare for Retirement

Planning for retirement is daunting — even for twenty-somethings. Take a few simple steps and be on your way to building a healthy retirement fund.

How to Navigate 3 Common Money Arguments With Your Significant Other

Couples don't always see eye-to-eye — especially over money. Recognize these common fault lines and you can learn to steer around them.

Bigger Paycheck or Bigger Tax Refund — Which Should You Pick?

Usually planning your taxes for a small refund is best, but not always. Analyze your money psychology and your spending to make the right choice.

5 Common Logic Traps You May Be Falling For

The human brain is a curious thing. See if you're being held back by one of these notorious logic traps.