Last month, my husband was given his official furlough notice at work. As you may know, approximately 800,000 government employees have been or will be affected by a 20% reduction in pay or job loss due to budget
failures issues. For the average forty-hours-a-week person, this means a four-day work week. (Which would be really nice if one could afford that.)
Since my husband works a sixty hour work week, we were nervous about losing 20% of pay. That's quite a chunk of change! Thankfully, it was decided that even the sixty hour employees would also be cut 8 hours a week instead of 12. It was still a blow, but not quite as big as we had anticipated.
Eight hours of pay loss is still pretty steep for our large family already living frugally on ONE income. And the timing of this is quite interesting. Our daughter is due to leave for college in August. She will be attending a classical Christian school that does not mingle with the government. No government scholarships, no grants. Celeste was granted a small scholarship, but the majority of tuition will be our responsibility. And early on, we made a commitment NOT to take on student loan debt.
To do whatever we can to make up the $800+ per month loss AND get our daughter off to college!
Follow along with us as we purpose to reduce the overall (already tight) budget, find ways to bring in additional income, and faithfully trust God to provide over the next three (or so) months in my Surviving the Government Furlough series.
Stay tuned for my next post in the series: Slashing the Budget
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Have you or someone you know been affected by the Government Furlough?