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By John Wesley

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

Ask Unclutterer: Emptying a storage unit

Reader Allicia submitted the following to Ask Unclutterer: I recently moved to Minnesota from New Mexico. I didn’t have a job at first so I moved most (almost all) of my stuff into a storage unit. Now that I am settled, I have a plan to go to New Mexico to unload and organize my storage unit and get rid of stuff I no longer need, etc.

His Debts, Her Debts, or Our Debts?

You’re in a relationship. That relationship is starting to get serious. You’re contemplating marriage or some other form of long-term commitment. Now what? Quite often today, people are bringing significant debt into relationships with them. Credit card debt. Student loan debt. Auto loan debt. I often get emails from readers asking me how to deal with them.

Workspace of the Week: Sharing Star Wars

This week’s Workspace of the Week is Darth Cena’s shared home office: Sharing an office space with someone can be difficult, and keeping it uncluttered and organized even harder. This week’s selection of Darth Cena’s office is a wonderful example of how to make it work well.

Ask the Readers: I’ve Tracked My Expenses — Now What?

At the end of August, a very patient Stephanie sent me an interesting question. When I didn’t answer her e-mail, she sent it again in January. I replied, promising to post her question while I was in Africa — but I didn’t get to it. Now it’s April. I think it’s time to set things right.

Ask FreelanceSwitch: Marketing and Style

Credit: elenathewise on Photodune In this issue of Ask FreelanceSwitch, we look at low-cost marketing and developing a style. Ask FreelanceSwitch is a regular column here that allows us to help beginners get a grip on freelancing.

Tertial lamp into microphone stand

Materials: TERTIAL + PROEL APM 225 (or other) Description: Remove the bulb Remove the power cord Insert your Proel APM 225 ~ Francesco Dosia

5 Great Reasons Why You Should Start a Side Business

Have you ever thought about quitting your job to work for yourself? Maybe you have – but it seems like an impossible dream, and you know you can’t just walk out of your current job and hope for the best.

The Making of FUBU — An Interview with Daymond John

The following is an interview with Daymond John, CEO of the clothing brand FUBU, whom I’ve come to know and respect. If there were one mantra I’d associate with him, it’s “where there’s a will, there’s a way.” Can’t afford billboards?

Spare Change: Contest Reminder Edition

Here’s your weekly reminder that the 2011 Get Rich Slowly Video Contest is under way. We have a few entries, but to be honest: If you’re willing to take the time to produce a two-minute video about money, your odds are pretty good right now that you’ll win something. With three $500 prizes and only a handful of entries, you have a much better chance than by playing the lottery!