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Flexo On Tour and Best of December 2009

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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

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Luke Landes is the founder of Consumerism Commentary. He has been blogging and writing for the internet since 1995 and has been building online communities since 1991. Find out more about Luke Landes and follow him on Twitter. View all articles by .

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avatar Tom Dziubek

Just to be clear, for each venue Flexo demands a case of Evian spring water, 1500ml of Johnny Walker Blue Label whisky, and 100 bouquets of rare Peruvian roses, 20 of them de-petaled and scattered around his presidential suite and another 50 of them flaunted in the faces of the local riff-raff.

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avatar Luke Landes ♦127,550 (Platinum)

Thanks, Tom. I’m also looking forward to trashing hotel rooms along the way.

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avatar Brian

[Slaps Flexo] I love this plan! I’m excited to be a part of it. Lets do it!
(sorry, i just watched Ghostbusters)

Super flattered to be among so many awesome blogs that will be hosting your writing.

I look forward to checking out each article. And to look at the comments to see who Flexo’s true groupies really are!

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avatar Monevator

OMG man, I set a resolution to do at least a guest post a month, and you’re doing five a week. Please don’t tell me what you can lift, or how long you can hold your breath! ;)

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avatar J. Money

Looking forward to it my good man. Feel free to drop the “S” bomb (Sexy) as many times as you wish ;) And I won’t hold it against you if you drink while you write my post either….I think that’s how Brian gets his content out the door.

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avatar Fred Schebesta

w00t the Flexo Tour 2010! This is going to be awesome to follow along with.

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avatar Ray @ Financial Highway

Looking forward to it! p.s. let me know if you want to drop by Canada!

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avatar Tom Dziubek

Ray, as the resident hockey fan here, I’m contractually obligated to make any visits to Canada on behalf of Consumerism Commentary. Unless it involves rooting for the Habs. Then you’re on your own. :)

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avatar Financial Samurai

So exciting that your guest post is up manana! Wheeee!

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