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Art of Nonconformity

By Chris Guillebeau

75 Things Worth Watching on Netflix Streaming

I consider Netflix streaming to be one of the best bargains out there in entertainment. For $9 a month (assuming you have a home internet connection), you gain access to an enormous libraries of commercial-free films and television series.

7 euro light wonder

Materials: Melodi, art podge, Ikea napkins and fabric Description: I wanted lighting that was custom to each room, and my budget was small, so I got some art podge when I was in Hungary and bought a few Melodi lights for our new place on sale at 5 euros a pop.

Winners of the Spring 2011 Shoe Shine Saturday Photo Contest

A couple of weeks ago we held a contest on the site called Shoe Shine Saturday. Readers submitted photos of their best shoe shine, and the pictures were judged by the quality of the shoe shine and the creativity of the photo. We received over 270 awesome and very manly submissions. The Art of Manliness selected the top five finalists, and then KIWI Shoe Care chose the final winners.

Dolls house from a IKEA Catalogue

Materials: IKEA Catalogue, scissors, glue, cardboard Description: We used last year's catalogue to cut and glue and make a dollhouse. Super easy, super fun! See more of the IKEA Catalogue dollhouse. ~ Lilla a

GRS Video Contest Update

Time is winding down on the 2011 Get Rich Slowly Video Contest. For a while, I was worried that nobody was going to play along. But digging through the archives, I see that last year we had a similar entry pattern: We only had five entries in the first few weeks, but the videos poured in during the last week.

Ten Pieces of Inspiration #14

Each week, I highlight ten things each week that inspired me to greater financial, personal, and professional success. Hopefully, they will inspire you as well. 1.

Quick Nightstand

Materials: IKEA Marius stool Description: The legs of the IKEA stool Marius are part of this really quick and easy DIY project. I simply screwed the legs to a little drawer similar to the IKEA fira drawers, which are unfortunately not available anymore. I got mine from a hardwarestore. The result is still a very fresh and quick new addition to our bedroom! See more of the Marius nighstand.

The Secret to Doing Your Best Work Effortlessly

Have you ever found yourself daydreaming or just not into your work? Do you feel like it’s a struggle sometimes to concentrate or to get anything done? And at other times, are you able to do your work effortlessly, getting everything done quickly and efficiently? What’s going on here? It might not be you. It might not be your work.

Cultivate Good Smells.

One of my latest, and favorite, happiness resolutions is to Cultivate good smells. I'd never thought much about the sense of smell, but after some research -- and just paying more attention -- I realize how critical this sense is to my feelings of vitality and enjoyment.

Follow-Up: Taking a 20% Pay Cut

I get a lot of requests for follow-ups to reader stories and reader questions. People want to hear how things turned out. Because I want to know how things turned out, too, I’ve started a semi-regular feature at Get Rich Slowly.

Was This Your Life?

There are a lot of elderly folks, many of them widows and widowers, who live in my building.Every winter, a parade of dumpsters end up alongside the building.Vessels that port away the contents of the homes of those who’ve passed.My apartment looks down on the spot where the dumpsters get dropped.The image you are looking at replaces itself on a regular basis.Precious items, keepsakes, valua

Dinner With My Family #13: Fajitas Bonitas

Each week, I’ll present a low-cost meal (or a meal that demonstrates a lot of options for cutting costs) that my family eats for dinner and enjoys. Many of the recipes will be vegan or vegetarian, with options to add other ingredients for non-vegetarians. This is one of those dishes that’s surprisingly quick, but tends to be very impressive when it hits the table.

Frame-holder for kids drawings

Materials: Nyttja-frame, wooden square bar, saw, glue, paint, cardboard, cutter knife Description: A re-built Ikea Nyttja frame made a great drawing holder for our kitchen wall. The frame has the size for A4 papers, and fits most of the drawings produced by our kids. I saw and glued a thin square bar onto the backside of 3 of the sides, left one short end open.

Dignitet display

Materials: 3 dignitet curtain wire kits Description: As a frantic hoarder of tickets, postcards and other bits of general stuff, I was looking for a practical, attractive way to display (and rotate) treaured mementos. The Dignitet curtain wire system provided the perfect solution. Simple. ~ Shel, London

Ikea cardboard clock

Materials: Ikea clock Description: I had an old Ikea clock in my flat. I disassembled it and put the small mechanism into a card board box from the trash... Besides, I glued ice cream sticks on the needles for the ecological style!! See more of the cardboard clock. ~ Petitbill, France