When it comes to financial literacy and money management, Joe Saul-Sehy, the money nerd behind the award-winning podcast Stacking Benjamins, and Emily Guy Birken, bestselling author of The 5 Years Before You Retire, abide by two rules: 1) start with the basics and 2) stop taking it seriously.
The prevailing attitude among many so-called financial “experts” is money only works if you’re serious about it. There are important retirement accounts to fill, and somber bank managers awaiting your next deposit! But treating money as only slightly less fun than a colonoscopy limits the reach of our collective voices and the accessibility of building true wealth, which is available to all of us—if we have the right roadmap.
In STACKED: Your Super Serious Guide to Modern Money Management (on-sale: 12/28) readers of any age and experience who are looking to learn to invest and get their finances in order will find a comprehensive, entertaining, and honest guide filled with tips, tricks and funny, lesson-learned horror stories.
While conquering your money-related goals and paying off debt is supremely important, Joe and Emily emphasize enjoying the process as much as the outcome. By doing so, we can bring others in on the journey, normalizing the how and why of wealth building, and making money and finances more approachable for us all.
In an interview, Joe and Emily can discuss topics including:
· How to set realistic financial goals that align with your vision for your life
· Side hustles
· Hiring a legit financial advisor
· Planning for emergencies
· What’s new and exciting – and actually worth your time – in financial apps and software
· How to play “budgeting Tetris”
· What to expect when you’re investing
· Strategies for reducing and eliminating debt
· The difference between tracking and budgeting, and why you need both to reach financial goals
Twitter: @AverageJoeMoney / @EmilyGuyBirken
ABOUT THE AUTHORS
Joe Saul-Sehy learned from failure. Destroying his credit immediately after leaving home, he had to learn about money the hard way and much of it as he was telling other people how to manage their money, as a financial advisor. After 16 years in the industry he moved to financial media, creating Stacking Benjamins, one of the most listened to podcasts in the personal finance sphere. Kiplinger has called the show the "best personal finance podcast" and Fast Company has described it as striking a "great balance between fun and functional." Joe lives in Texarkana with his spouse, Cheryl, and cat, Cooper, recording shows in his mom's basement next door.
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, MSN Money, and The Washington Post. She is the author of four books: The 5 Years Before You Retire, Choose Your Retirement, Making Social Security Work for You, and End Financial Stress Now. Emily lives in Milwaukee with her spouse and two sons, plus their dog Tivo, and their cat The Dude.