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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

4 Ways to Make Debt Repayment Fun

Paying off debt can be fun — yes, fun — with just a little bit of creative thinking and some basic gamification.

What Every Retirement Saver Should Know About Required Minimum Distributions

Uncle Sam hasn't forgotten about your tax-deferred retirement accounts. When you turn 70½, he'll come knocking.

Stop Using These 5 Excuses Not to Budget

Stop making excuses about why you can't budget and start managing your money today. It's easy once you start!

How to Afford Your Kid's Braces or Expensive Dental Care

Your kids may be small, but their dental care costs can be huge. Here's what a dentist has to say about taming these big bills.

4 Easy Ways to Get Richer In 2018

A new year is a fresh start for your finances. Make these small money moves now, and you'll end 2018 richer than you started it.

4 Money Resolutions Anyone Can Conquer

With a new year comes a slew of hard-to-keep resolutions. Reaching these money goals only requires a little bit of work up front. It's easy!

5 Questions Your Financial Adviser Should Ask You

When you're looking for a good financial adviser, you shouldn't be on the only one asking the pressing questions.

5 Best Neighborhood Features for New Families

You're hunting for the perfect home for your growing family. The house isn't the only key feature; pay attention to the neighborhood, too.

3 Ways Your Body Sabotages Your Money

You might think your brain is behind the wheel of your money decisions, but watch out — your own body might be spending more than you think.

How Divorce Can Impact Your Social Security Payments

Divorce impacts many aspects of your life — even your Social Security benefits.

3 Reasons to Be Picky When Hiring a Financial Planner

There are times in life when it's best to be picky, and choosing a financial planner is definitely one of them.

Holiday Gifts: 6 Fun Games That Teach Money and Finance

Need some gift ideas for the kids? These games are fun and will teach them about money, too.

5 Excuses We Need to Stop Making About Overspending

You deserve it. It's on sale! There are dozens of excuses for overspending, and it's time to stop making them.

Avoid These 6 Common Mistakes When Moving Across the Country

Before you pile your stuff into that moving truck, make sure you aren't making any of these pricey moving mistakes!

Teach Your Kids About Money With Their Holiday Gift Lists

Kids see the holidays as a gifts-filled free-for-all. You can turn those gimme-gimmes into some valuable money lessons.

12 Podcasts Bookworms Will Love

Combine your love of books and penchant for podcasts with these podcasts for bookworms. You can even read while listening!

It's So Simple: 6 Steps to a Stable Retirement

It doesn't take feats of financial wizardry to fund a stable retirement. Let's break it down into easy-to-follow steps.

6 Moves Every First Year Freelancer Should Make

Working for yourself is rewarding. Make these moves in your first year of business, and you'll be set for success.

Autopay Is Great for Money Management — Until It Starts Costing You

Automatic payments are wonderfully convenient. Unfortunately, sneaky "gray" charges can add up quickly.

7 Effortless Ways to Prevent Budget-Busting Impulse Buys

Impulse buys can really bust your budget. Here's how to resist the urge, without much effort.