Starting January 18, 2010, I will be on tour, with guest articles appearing on ten of my favorite websites. I am still in the process of writing and editing many of the articles and I plan to have most of them delivered by the end of the weekend. I will continue to be writing articles for Consumerism Commentary during this tour.
If you’re visiting Consumerism Commentary for the first time from one of the tour venues, feel free to look around. I’ve been writing here since 2003. Start with the best of Consumerism Commentary or use the categories at the top of this page.
Here are the scheduled tour dates and venues, subject to change:
Flexo on tour, January 2010
Monday, January 18, 2010: Get Rich Slowly
Topic: Break out of your comfort zone to achieve success. “Humans are wired to seek comfort, and as a result much of daily life is focused around familiar patterns and habits. When something threatens to break those habits, we feel uncomfortable and nervous…” Here is what you need to know in order to break out of your comfort zone and why it is worthwhile. Read the article at Get Rich Slowly.
Tuesday, January 19, 2010: Debt Free Adventure
Topic: The need to rethink retirement. “Besides taking responsibility for our financial future by investing… it’s time to rethink what retirement is. The generation of workers following those in retirement now or retiring soon will be the first who needs to significantly adjust its expectations and challenge its assumptions.” Retirement will be an entirely different animal in thirty years. Here’s how to plan. Read the article at Debt Free Adventure.
Wednesday, January 20, 2010: Man Vs. Debt
Topic: Simplifying simplicity with five simple questions. “Simplicity boils down to one concept: eliminate anything that is unnecessary. If you take this mantra to heart, build your personal philosophy around it, and keep it in mind when you make every decision, there is no reason to follow a list of suggestions. The answers will be obvious…” Read the article at Man Vs. Debt.
Thursday, January 21, 2010: Financial Samurai
Topic: Chaos is an inspiration for change. “Three of my friends experienced difficulties in their lives around the same time, about ten years ago. I’ll call them Alex, Brian, and Chris. Before long, their lives erupted in chaos. That chaos helped them make positive changes, but the outcomes would have been predictable to anyone paying attention…” Here’s how chaos or the threat of chaos could be a strong motivator.
Friday, January 22, 2010: Free Money Finance
Topic: Benefits and dangers of changing careers and paths. “It would be wonderful to live in a perfect world. There would be no war and no poverty, and you could eat dessert before your meal or whenever you like. The weather would always be comfortable and pleasant, and you would never have to watch out for unpopped kernels when you eat popcorn…” Sometimes we need to change course on the way to financial Utopia. Here’s what you need to know.
Monday, January 25, 2010: Wise Bread
Topic: Emergency plan: Better than an emergency fund. “I suggest a tiered approach to let your Emergency Fund work a little harder for you while still ensuring you’re covered in an emergency. This is broader than just an Emergency Fund; it’s an Emergency Plan…” Here’s how the Emergency Plan works.
Tuesday, January 26, 2010: Budgets Are Sexy
Topic: How Conan O’Brien wants you to succeed. “Though I’m not generally a fan of “late night TV,” I tuned in the other night and found myself watching Conan O’Brien’s last stint on the Tonight Show… it’s worthwhile to listen to his advice.” Here’s Conan’s advice and my interpretation.
Wednesday, January 27, 2010: My Next Buck
Topic: Six reasons to work for a non-profit organization. “I started my career out of college working for a non-profit organization involved with the arts. Yes, after graduation, I took myself and my thousands of dollars of student loan debt and walked away, at least temporarily, from the career my education and certification would have otherwise directed me…” Here’s why working for non-profits are worthwhile.
Thursday, January 28, 2010: Erica.Biz
Topic: Fear of failure? Here’s how to get through it… “I enjoy performing in stage plays, and a play was the scene of one of my failures… My lack of preparedness finally caught up to me while in mid-performance my recurring dream came true: I forgot my lines.” Here are my suggestions for handling failure before and after it occurs so you are ready to bounce back.
Friday, January 29, 2010: MSN Smart Spending
Topic: 6 tips for a frugal Valentine’s Day. “And the massive marketing push as the calendar heads towards Valentine’s Day has begun. From greeting cards to diamonds, and from Lexus to 1-800-Flowers, companies and brands want to be associated or indelibly linked to the popular holiday for lovers.” Here are some of my tamer suggestions for experiencing a frugal Valentine’s Day this year.
I will update this post with direct links to the articles and short summaries as each article is published.
Best of Consumerism Commentary, December 2009
- Flexo’s Goals and Resolutions For 2010
- Show All Amazon Shoppers Pay Sales Tax?
- Can You Ever Have Enough Money?
- Wrapping Up a Decade: Better Off in 1999 or 2009?
- Wearing Many Hats: Specialism Vs. Generalism
- How My Accountant Saved Me $15,000
- Curb Your Consumerism
- Hundreds Hired at the IRS to Find Cheaters
- No More Cable TV For Me
- Persistence Pays Off
- Getting Out of Debt: Reductionism and Holism
- 3 Interesting Coins You Might Find In Your Change
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In a few days, the finalists for the Plutus Awards will be announced. The public will then have a chance to vote for financial products, like Best Savings Account and Best Bank, and financial blogs and websites, like Best New Blog of 2009 and Best Multi-Part Series of Articles. Winners will receive a prizes from a number of sponsors including Lending Club, Money Crashers, and Wise Bread.
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Updated June 24, 2016 and originally published January 16, 2010.