Books by Emily Guy Birken
Your Super Serious Guide to Modern Money Management
From the money nerds behind the award-winning
Stacking Benjamins podcast, a new kind of personal finance book to get your house in order.
By JOE SAUL-SEHY and EMILY GUY BIRKEN
Rich. Wealthy. Well-heeled. Moneyed. Affluent. Not bad—but why not get Stacked instead? If you’ve ever dreamed of a basic philosophy of money that’ll help you live bigger, be bolder, and laugh harder, you need this book.
In these uncertain times, the basics matter more than ever. But for most of us, concepts such as investing, budgeting, and getting out of debt just don’t float our boats (or 150-foot yachts)—and so we put them off longer than we should. Joe Saul-Sehy and Emily Guy Birken are here to tell you that personal finance can be a lot more fun than you think. (No haberdashery, maritime knowledge, or specialized flatware required.)
Learn about everything from side hustles, to hiring a legit financial adviser, to planning for emergencies, to what’s new and exciting—and actually worth your time—in financial apps and software. If you’re looking for the same old get-rich-quick clichés, avocado toast shaming, or alphabet soup of incomprehensible financial terms, you won’t find them here. Instead, Saul-Sehy and Birken take you step by step along the way to financial success, with their signature blend of shrewd financial information and wacky humor.
End Financial Stress NOW:
Immediate Steps You Can Take to Improve Your Financial Outlook
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.
Why wait? Find tips you can implement right now.
Making Social Security Work For You:
Advice, Strategies, and Timelines That Can Maximize Your Benefits
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.
Choose Your Retirement:
Find the Right Path to Your New Adventure
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.
The Five Years Before You Retire:
Retirement Planning When You Need it the Most
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.