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 Things That Can Save You Money on Car Maintenance

5 Things That Can Save You Money on Car Maintenance

Owning a car can be an expensive proposition. You can’t just look at the price of a vehicle (or your monthly car payment) and think that is your only cost. Maintenance costs can sometimes overwhelm a […]

Can You Afford to Be a Single Income Family

Can You Afford to Be a Single Income Family

Life has a way of changing long-held opinions. I used to vehemently state that I would not want to stay home with my children (who did not exist at the time) because I needed adult interaction […]

5 Items You Should Buy Secondhand

5 Items You Should Buy Secondhand

As the daughter of a small business owner, you will not hear me say that you should never pay retail. I’m a big believer that there are goods and services that you should buy retail to […]

3 Ideas for Finding a Great Place for Your Retirement

3 Ideas for Finding a Great Place for Your Retirement

With my parents nearing retirement — and my husband and I starting to really put our retirement savings in gear — I have spent a great deal of time lately thinking about where to retire. While […]

Should You Go to Graduate School If You Can’t Get a Job?

Should You Go to Graduate School If You Can’t Get a Job?

Graduate schools see an upsurge in applications during recessions. This is in part from recent college graduates putting off having to throw their resume in the ring, and in part from older workers deciding a layoff […]

5 Common Money Myths to Watch Out For

5 Common Money Myths to Watch Out For

When it comes to your money, sometimes it’s difficult to separate old wives’ tales from solid financial advice. As with any other conventional wisdom, just because everybody knows something to be true doesn’t actually make it […]



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