From the money nerds behind the award-winning Stacking Benjamins podcast, a new kind of personal finance book to get your house in order.
Rich. Wealthy. Well-heeled. Moneyed. Affluent. Not bad—but why not get Stacked instead? If you’ve ever dreamed of a basic philosophy of money that’ll help you live bigger, be bolder, and laugh harder, you need this book.
In these uncertain times, the basics matter more than ever. But for most of us, concepts such as investing, budgeting, and getting out of debt just don’t float our boats (or 150-foot yachts)—and so we put them off longer than we should. Joe Saul-Sehy and Emily Guy Birken are here to tell you that personal finance can be a lot more fun than you think. (No haberdashery, maritime knowledge, or specialized flatware required.)
Learn about everything from side hustles, to hiring a legit financial adviser, to planning for emergencies, to what’s new and exciting—and actually worth your time—in financial apps and software. If you’re looking for the same old get-rich-quick clichés, avocado toast shaming, or alphabet soup of incomprehensible financial terms, you won’t find them here. Instead, Saul-Sehy and Birken take you step by step along the way to financial success, with their signature blend of shrewd financial information and wacky humor.
About the Author
Joe Saul-Sehy learned from failure. When he destroyed 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 adviser. After sixteen 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’s Personal Finance has called the show the “best personal finance podcast” and Fast Company has described it as striking a “great balance between fun and functional.” Saul-Sehy 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’s Personal Finance, 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. Birken lives in Milwaukee with her spouse and two sons, plus their dog, Tivo, and their cat, The Dude.
"Joe Saul-Sehy and Emily Guy Birken bring their wealth of financial knowledge and years of experience to the masses in a way that makes money more accessible."—Erin Lowry, author of the Broke Millennial series
"Stacked is a truly unique money book. It's not only jam packed with actionable ideas, but it's also entertaining. I learned some new tips and I've been writing about money for over 10 years!"—Grant Sabatier, author of Financial Freedom
"Emily and Joe are two of the most-respected money nerds in the business. They've packed this book with solid, actionable and entertaining advice that can help anyone get better at managing their money."—Liz Weston, CFP®, author of Your Credit Score
"One of the most comprehensive, and, yes, hysterical personal finance books I have ever read. If only this had been written when I started my journey towards wealth, I would have arrived much sooner."—Jordan "Doc G" Grumet, host of Earn & Invest
"Money is no laughing matter—but that doesn’t mean you can’t smile while you are learning. Stacked is the most fun you will ever have while learning to live a richer life."—Bobbi Rebell, CFP®, author of Launching Financial Grownups: Live Your Richest Life by Helping Your (Almost) Adult Kids Become Everyday Money Smart
"A fun and comprehensive guide to managing and growing your money, a must-read personal finance book that you actually want to finish and that doesn't put you to sleep. You'll learn and laugh at the same time."—Jamila Souffrant, host of Journey to Launch
"Don’t let the casual style fool you. Stacked is a serious book about being a good financial steward and building wealth. If you want to build a solid financial life, just read this."—Roger Whitney, CFP®, CIMA®, CPWA®, author of Rock Retirement and host of Retirement Answer Man