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Emily Guy Birken

Emily has written 4 PF books: "The Five Years Before You Retire," "Choose Your Retirement," "Making Social Security Work for You," and her latest "End Financial Stress Now."

Latest articles by Emily Guy Birken

7 Life Skills Your Kids Won't Learn in School

There are some important lessons kids can't get from a traditional education. Are you showing your kids the way?

How to Tell You've Become a Financial Grownup

You're all grown up! Becoming a financial grownup, however, is another story.

Boost Your Savings by Making Your Money Harder to Spend

We're always trying to protect our money. But too often we forget to protect it from ourselves.

Make Sure You Get Paid and 4 Other Great Tips From Famous Commencement Speakers

It's graduation season! Let's look past the commencement speech cliches and find some true money wisdom famous folks have dished out to new grads.

You Should Ignore These 4 Kinds of Money Advice

Sometimes your paranoia is a good thing — like when it comes to sketchy money advice.

6 Reasons Average People Should Consider a Prenup

Prenups aren't just for the rich and famous. Even folks with modest means should think about protecting their assets.

How to Prevent a Drunken Online Shopping Spree

Hangovers are bad enough without realizing you also spent all your money on things you don't need.

5 Times Dad Was Right About Money

Underneath the corny one-liners and dad jokes, your old man probably actually knew a thing or two about money.

The One Question You Should Ask Before Every Major Purchase

Before you drop big bucks on a purchase, there's one question you should always ask yourself.

9 Bizarre Money Superstitions People Actually Believe

These money superstitions might sound unbelievable, but there are actually people who believe them!

You Need to Get Rid of These 16 Household Items — Pronto!

Inevitably your decluttering campaign hits a roadblock — what the heck do you do with this...thing? Here's what.

4 Stocks to Buy If You Love Moms

Mom has always been there for you. Be there for her — and all mothers — by investing in these companies who love moms.

6 Inspiring Quotes About Money From Successful Women

Use these inspiring words of wisdom from female finance pros to boost your bottom line.

5 Sobering Facts About Social Security You Shouldn't Panic Over

Maybe you take Social Security for granted — or maybe you expect it to disappear. Either way, here's what you should know about it.

5 Budget Overhaul Tricks for the Recently Unemployed

The moment you lose a job, you need to make sure your budget reflects that major change.

6 Financial Gifts Mom Will Love for Mother's Day

This Mother's Day, put that World's Best Mom mug back on the shelf, and spring for one of these fantastic financial gifts instead.

4 Times It's Worth It to Pay the Pink Tax

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.