It's early Friday morning, and there's been no movement from DC, other than some Congress members publicly saying they believe the shutdown will really happen. I'm less upset than I was on Wednesday, having some answers to my questions helps. I'm a planner, so I'm already thinking about what will happen next week. Some thoughts:
- It has astounded me how many people are unaware of the possible government shutdown. I know that many haven't believed that a shutdown would actually occur, but there were military moms at preschool yesterday who were just learning how military pay will be affected starting Saturday. For those living paycheck-to-paycheck, working for no pay with a promise of “future retroactive pay” can be devastating.
- While my family can weather 1-2 weeks of unpaid furlough, because my husband and I meet our financial goals and have an emergency fund, our concern is what comes after the shutdown. If the solution to the budget deficit is lowering federal pay and benefits or cutting positions entirely, we no longer have the “job security” we counted on when we moved to DC. The long-term effects could drastically change our financial goals to get out of debt and save for the future.
- I also anticipate gaining weight during the shutdown. I've already broken into the Easter candy for my stress-eating this week, and while others self-medicate with other substances, I use caffeine and chocolate. Lots of chocolate.