Emily Guy Birken's Author Profile and Articles

Emily Guy BirkenEmily Guy Birken is a freelance writer, recovering English teacher, and stay-at-home-mom. She lives in Lafayette, Indiana, with her mechanical engineer husband and infant son. Her musings on life and parenting can be found at The SAHMnambulist.

Articles by Emily Guy Birken

5 Mistakes to Avoid When Selling Your Home

5 Mistakes to Avoid When Selling Your Home

Selling your home is not an easy thing to do. Most of us only get to do this once or twice in our lifetime, so there are usually more questions than answers. However, you can make […]

Using a Home Equity Loan to Pay Off Credit Card Debt

Using a Home Equity Loan to Pay Off Credit Card Debt

You dread going to the mailbox and answering the phone.  Each paycheck seems to be gone before you’ve deposited it, and still you can’t seem to tame the enormous balances on your credit cards.  Between the […]

Is It Ever a Good Idea to Lease a Car?

Is It Ever a Good Idea to Lease a Car?

It may seem blasphemous to suggest this on a personal finance blog, but there are certain instances when leasing a car might make good financial sense. We all know the downsides to leasing — you ultimately […]

Direct Sales: Perfect Job for Stay-At-Home-Moms?

Direct Sales: Perfect Job for Stay-At-Home-Moms?

Since becoming a parent, I’ve been noticing just how many of my fellow stay-at-home-mothers are supplementing their income through direct sales jobs. We’ve all had some experience with one of these companies—either going to a makeup […]

5 Summer Jobs for Teens

5 Summer Jobs for Teens

It’s a tough time to be a teenager. Jobs that used to be the province of teenagers and college students are now often staffed by underemployed adults who are desperate for work. Finding a seasonal or […]

How to Make an Early Roth IRA Withdrawal (and Why You Might Want to)

How to Make an Early Roth IRA Withdrawal (and Why You Might Want to)

Roth IRAs are a great way to save for your retirement. Like Traditional IRAs, Roths are set up so that you will only have to pay income taxes on your money once rather than getting the […]

5 High-Paying Part-Time Jobs

5 High-Paying Part-Time Jobs

Whether you’re a college student trying to put yourself through school, a stay-at-home parent who would like to bring in some extra income, or a professional who has recently seen wages or hours cut, part-time jobs […]

The Pros and Cons of an Early Student Loan Payoff

The Pros and Cons of an Early Student Loan Payoff

If you went to college sometime in the past several years there is a good chance you are still carrying student loan debt. While student loans can help you pay for college, they can also feel […]

Cut Costs and Save Money on Easter and Passover

Cut Costs and Save Money on Easter and Passover

If you listen to retailers and commercials, the spring season brings with it yet another reason to spend a lot of money. But having a fun and traditional holiday with your family does not have to […]

How to Earn Money from Your Hobbies

How to Earn Money from Your Hobbies

Many people feel like hobbies should be the first thing to go when it’s time to tighten the budget. While many hobbies might be expensive to maintain that does not mean you necessarily have to give […]

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