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Emily is available for interviews and podcasts.

Emily Guy Birken action

Money is too serious to be taken seriously. 



Emily Guy Birken has worn a lot of hats throughout her career: Temporary tattoo artist. Bookseller. AmeriCorps volunteer. Teacher. Throughout it all, there’s been one constant: She’s a huge money nerd.


In 2010, she turned her excitement about spreadsheets into a career as a Plutus Award–winning freelance writer in the financial sphere. Her varied career combined with her background in education helps her make complex financial topics relatable.


Her work has appeared in HuffPo, Business Insider, Kiplinger’s Personal Finance, MSN Money, and The Washington Post.


She is the author of five books: The 5 Years Before You Retire, Choose Your Retirement, Making Social Security Work for You, End Financial Stress Now, and the forthcoming Stacked: Your Super Serious Guide to Modern Money Management, written with Joe Saul-Sehy.


Emily lives in Milwaukee with her spouse and two sons, plus their dog, Tivo, and their cat, The Dude.  

Podcasts, Interviews & Articles


Wisconsin Public Radio

Earn & Invest podcast

Stacking Benjamins podcast

Simplify & Enjoy

Reader's Digest

Market Wrap with Moe Ansari

Beyond the Dollar

Plutus Awards Podcast

Money Sense

The Washington Post's Color of Money

Money Circle Podcast

Mental Health and Wealth Podcast

Your Wealth and Beyond: The Financial Planning Podcast

Invisible Not Broken- Chronic Illness Podcast Network

The Money Story Podcast

The Mindful Millionaire Podcast

So Money with Farnoosh Torabi

Positive Parenting Podcast

Real Simple

Agent Exit Podcast

CentsABLE Chat

Retirement Rescue Radio

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