I work with women who want to have a better relationship with money and want to feel more confident about their finances.

I'm an author. I'm a money coach. I'm a blogger. I'm a retirement expert. I'm a mom. I'm good with money. I'm a mensch. I'm a former school teacher.

I wear a lot of hats, and I write about all of them. What unifies them all is my sense of humor and my quest to make rational decisions about everything (including and especially parenting and money), and to help other people do the same.  

Right now I'm thinking a lot about helping people end financial stress

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  • Does thinking about your finances stress you out?​

  • Do you and your partner fight about money all the time?​

  • Do you think retirement is out of reach?​

  • Do you worry you can't afford the things you want in life?​

  • Do you not know what to do to improve your finances?

Emily can help you with any money concerns that might be bothering you, from preparing for retirement to taming debt to creating a sustainable budget. Her ongoing coaching can help you get your finances from stressful to stress-free, while you enjoy her support every step of the way.​

Things are chaotic right now. People are losing jobs or learning to work from home, kids are schooling online, and money is tight for a lot of families. 


I want to help. Book a free 15-minute call with me and we’ll create a plan for how you can weather this difficult time. I can guide you through getting your financials in order, creating a plan for your stimulus check or just help you prioritize your bills. 


Simple, easy, no catch, no push to hire me for more. I just want to help you be as financially secure as possible through all of this. Find a time and book your call below. 

Our free phone call can help you to pinpoint your financial stressors and give you a road map for ending your money worries.
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Books by Emily Guy Birken



End financial stress for good and learn how to manage your money—without a change to income!

Studies have shown time and time again that money is a leading cause of stress—but a life free from financial worry isn’t exclusive to the rich and powerful. End Financial Stress Now gives you practical, actionable instructions you need to improve your money management—no matter what your income level is. You can learn how to achieve the mindset of financial flexibility, which can help you navigate any money issues you face.

These practical, step-by-step instructions on budgeting can help you track expenses, pay off debt, and save money. Featuring straightforward advice on how to increase self-discipline so you can stick to your budget as well as techniques to help you identity misinformation and false beliefs you have about money, you can follow this guide to create a fulfilling life free of financial stress.



Uncover the truth about planning for retirement!


From financial advisors and pundits on television to colleagues and family members, everyone has something to say about retirement. But how much of it is true? Whether you're looking to move into a senior living community or travel the world, Choose Your Retirement shows you how to realistically prepare for the future you desire. 


Inside, you will find expert advice for choosing the best retirement path for you and your family as well as information on common myths like:

  • You will only need 80 percent of your current income in retirement

  • Medicare will cover all your health-care needs

  • Switching investments over to bonds is the safest retirement option

  • Social Security will run out in 2033, leaving millions without their promised benefits


Filled with hundreds of facts about retiring, Choose Your Retirement helps you set attainable financial goals and plan for the retirement--and life--you've always wanted. 


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A guide to getting the most out of Social Security
Despite reports of Social Security's impending bankruptcy, Social Security remains an important part of most Americans' retirement plans. But will it be enough? Making Social Security Work for You teaches you what you need to know about Social Security retirement benefits and the options you can choose to help meet your retirement goals. In straightforward, easy-to-understand language, this compact guide provides advice on the advantages and disadvantages of delaying benefits as well as the best ways to maximize your benefits depending on your financial or marital situation.

Featuring a glossary of terms to help you better understand Social Security jargon; a full explanation on how the current system works; and practical, actionable advice on how and when to save additional retirement funds, this book shows you how to make your retirement the best it can possibly be.



Even though half of all Americans put money aside for retirement, it isn't until they reach their sixties that many realize that they haven't saved enough. With The Five Years Before You Retire, you'll hone in on what you need to do in the next five years to maximize your current savings and create a realistic plan for your future. This book guides you through each financial, medical, and familial decision, from taking advantage of the employer match your company offers for your 401k program to enrolling in Medicare to discussing housing options with your family. Covering every aspect of retirement planning, these straightforward strategies explain in detail how you can make the most of your last few years in the workforce and prepare for the future you've always wanted.


Whether you just started devising a plan or have been saving since your first job, The Five Years Before You Retire will show you what you need to do now to ensure that you live comfortably for years to come.

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Money decisions are often put off for two reasons: a psychological block and a feeling of overwhelm at the idea of doing the necessary research. I can help you with both. You're in the driver's seat, but I've gassed up the car and gathered the maps you need.

Our free phone call can help you to pinpoint your financial stressors and give you a road map for ending your money worries.
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