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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.

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 […]

How I Use Excel to Manage My Family’s Budget

I have long been a money nerd. As a small child, I used to empty my piggy bank, count everything that was inside, and put it all back in, feeling pretty good about my net worth as an 8-year-old. So, it should come as no surprise that the detail-oriented piggy-bank counter has grown up to […]

Master Your Small Business Accounting with QuickBooks Online

This post is brought to you by Intuit QuickBooks. While this post was sponsored by Intuit QuickBooks, all content and opinions expressed here are my own. Entrepreneurs and small business owners tend to be a pretty plucky bunch. They recognize the need that they can fill, work tirelessly to offer the best product or service […]

The Best Retirement Calculators [How Much Will You Need to Retire?]

Calculating how much money you will need for retirement is one of those inherently frustrating exercises since it seems like you have to start with information you can’t possibly know—simply figure out when you will die, and calculate backward from there! Despite the built-in difficulty of determining the exact amount you need for retirement, there […]

Finances in Order? Don’t Forget to Monitor Your Credit [TransUnion Credit Monitoring Review]

This post is brought to you by TransUnion. While this post was sponsored by TransUnion, all content and opinions expressed here are my own. You’ve come a long way in your financial journey. You mostly follow your budget, you’re no longer surprised by financial emergencies, and you are working on saving for long-term goals, like […]

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