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Bringing Fun to Finance with Emily Guy Birken

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The prevailing attitude among many in the financial world seems to be “Money only works if you take it seriously.” But treating money as only slightly less fun than a colonoscopy means avoiding the important work of taking care of your finances. Emily Guy Birken brings some much-needed humor and light-heartedness to the topic of money management.

We discuss:

1. How to make money much less stressful, which will ALSO lead to better financial outcomes.

2. How to figure out your "why," which makes financial decisions easier.

3. How gamification can help even the most reluctant budgeter.


Emily Guy Birken is a former educator, lifelong money nerd, and a Plutus Award-winning freelance writer who specializes in the scientific research behind irrational money behaviors. Her background in education allows her to make complex financial topics relatable and easily understood by the layperson. Her work has appeared on The Huffington Post, Business Insider, Kiplinger's, MSN Money, and The Washington Post online. She is the author of several books, including The 5 Years Before You Retire, End Financial Stress Now, and the brand new book Stacked: Your Super Serious Guide to Modern Money Management, written with Joe Saul-Sehy. Emily lives in Milwaukee with her spouse, their two sons, a retired racing greyhound, and a cat who doubles as a throw pillow.