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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 Risky Life Decisions That Millionaires Made — But You Shouldn't

Sure, some of the most successful and wealthy people in the world have quit school, but does that mean you should too? Uh, no.

This Is How Much Our Tech Necessities Would've Cost in the '80s

The '80s brought us hair metal and spandex — and a super expensive way to enjoy all the things we take for granted today.

How These 6 Assets Might Affect Student Financial Aid Eligibility

Financial aid is a huge help for every college student. Let's break down exactly what the FAFSA considers in its calculation.

5 Money Moves to Make Before You Move in Together

Before you get too starry-eyed, there are some major money moves you and your SO need to make before moving in together.

8 Fun Facts About Credit Cards

Your monthly credit card statement may not offer much joy, but these fascinating credit card facts are pure fun.

How to Solve These 6 Problems Your Heirs Could Have With Your Estate

If you have a will, you're ahead of most Americans — but don't pat yourself on the back just yet. Your heirs may still encounter some challenges.

8 Questions to Ask on a College Tour

Picking the right college is as simple as knowing the right questions to ask.

3 Unexpected Hurdles You Might Encounter When Applying for Social Security Benefits

Social Security is not always a well-oiled machine. Don't get hung up on these snags when applying for benefits.

5 Myths About Money in Retirement

The path to retirement is full of obstacles. Don't let these money myths lead you astray.

4 Ways to Find Income While Waiting for Full Retirement Age

Don't just sit around waiting for your full retirement age to start bringing in maximum social security benefits — bring in some extra money in the meantime!

3 Ways Millennials Can Avoid Financial Fraud

Elders aren't the only targets of financial fraud. Even young folks need to know how to protect themselves.

This Japanese Budgeting System Could Be the Key to Saving Big Bucks

In Japan, saving money is a big deal. Here's the simple system many households use to hang onto more of their yen.

4 Things Teens Can Do Now to Prepare for Financial Independence

As your teen gets ready to take on the world, help them get a leg up on financial independence.

The High Cost of Planning for the End of the World

Prepping for the end of the world covers all the bases — except for how much it'll cost you while the world still turns.

How to Use Bucket Budgeting to Overhaul Your Finances

Bucket budgeting brings the appeal of the classic envelope system to the modern age.

How Scarcity Marketing Tricks You to Spend More

By next week, this post will have slipped off the front page. Click now or you'll miss your chance to learn how scarcity marketing nudges you to buy more.

5 Creative Ways to Relieve Stress During Tax Season

Tax season can be a major source of stress, but here's how to make it a little more relaxing.

What You Need to Know About Working While Collecting Social Security

Many people look forward to drawing Social Security benefits while still working and drawing a paycheck. Of course, there's a catch.

4 Money Lessons We Can Learn From Past Presidents

This Presidents Day, use your long weekend to mull over some pertinent money lessons from our past presidents.

5 Everyday Routines of Wealthy People

There's no one trick to becoming fabulously wealthy, but a structured daily routine may be a step in the right direction.