Jon Gosselin is getting a reality check.
Though he made about $75,000 per episode for TLC's Jon & Kate Plus 8, the new issue of Us Weekly (on stands now) reports that Gosselin has traded in his studded Ed Hardy duds for a hard hat. Rising at dawn each morning, the former reality star makes $35 an hour laying solar panels.
Despite the physical work, a source tells Us he's put on pounds: "He has an inner tube again!"
Instead of splurging on expensive dinner dates, Gosselin, 33, spends most nights shacking up at girlfriend Ellen Ross' home, where a source says "her yappy dogs pee on his stuff."
A typical night for the two? Eating "cheap takeout and watching Jersey Shore."
For more details on Gosselin's vastly different life -- including his creditor woes -- pick up the new issue of Us Weekly, on stands now!