My wife quit her job, and has taken a new position that will let her mostly work from home. She's just sort of done with being the boss, and figured it was better to find something new and different rather than to stay and suffer and probably screw up out of pure burnout and get fired. The pay is similar, but without having to be on call one week a month. Since she's going to be working from home, she needed a home office. Since we're amazingly running out of room in this huge-ass house, we're going to be sharing my music room. I'd move the guitar stuff into my office, but I'm afraid the cat will piss inside the amplifier again.
We're also on a really tight budget, because she's having to pay back part of the signing bonus we got to move here. So her last check might be a big fat goose-egg. At some point the new job will be supplying her with a large fax machine and a laptop to do her work on, so she needed a really large desk, or a smaller desk and a separate cart for the fax machine. Rather than blow a ton of cash on either... I built a desk!
I went to Lowe's and bought a 6'x2'x3/4" sheet of aspen, and a couple of wire shelves, and hooked them all together with some metal hardware that cost about $10. The whole thing was less than $125, and is really solid.
Also because we're suddenly (but temporarily) poor, and don't know when the next real paycheck is coming in, we had to cut our grocery budget by more than half, and bought a whole month worth of food. No tacos tonight, we're making a big pot of green chile stew that we're going to eat tonight and then freeze for my wife to take to work for lunch this week. She loves that shit... I'm kind of indifferent but don't mind it occasionally.
Worth it to be a little broke for a little while, and have a happy, healthy, less stressed-out wife.