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Any other families planning for a furlough?

Discussion in 'Budget Board' started by disykat, Feb 15, 2013.

  1. disykat

    disykat DIS Veteran

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    This is not a political thread, just a budget planning thread. DH and I are having conversations at our house about what kind of cuts we're going to make if the furlough happens.

    We're fortunate in that our mortgage is paid off, so bills won't really be an issue. However, all that money was being used to put our kids through college so we'd like to keep meeting their expenses without incurring debt for them or us. We'd also like to keep our emergency fund pretty intact, so we'll definitely be feeling the squeeze. Both boys are on notice to try to increase their hours at work if the furlough happens.

    So far it looks like it'll be vacation, my gym membership, and eating out. I think I'll either let my hair go natural or maybe highlight at home. I'm also thinking about figuring out if I can groom my dog myself. We're already pretty frugal with things like entertainment, clothing purchases, etc. so finding things to cut feels tight. We've already decided not to cut our internet package or phone packages, since that is our major way of communicating with the boys.

    We had planned on giving our old couch to our older son when he moves off campus and getting a new one. We were also planning to get a new bed and move ours into his soon to be empty room. Those purchases will be postponed. We have an inflatable bed that can go in his room when he visits!

    I don't work in the summer so I was thinking about a summer job, but realistically that would be hard to come by. I think the hardest thing will be keeping DH out of home depot since he's planning on doing a bunch of projects if he has a day off every week!



    What are you talking about doing at your house?
     
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  3. a1970model

    a1970model Earning My Ears

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    We're watching to see what happens ourselves. DH says this has been quite the topic at work. I've been following the issue since it started a couple of years ago and preparing as much as I could if it happened.

    I think we'll be okay. I just paid off the last of DD's college before her graduation (with no debt!) this May. DS's scholarship is taking care of everything for him for four years. I just refinanced the mortgage and sliced off some years and interest. I've been couponing and stockpiling like mad. I have some of my seeds for the garden started. I'll continue to squirrel money away and trim expenses as much as possible.

    No major expenses are planned until we see how it all shakes out. :) Hopefully, we'll know soon.
     
  4. psimon

    psimon <font color=teal>Will travel for turkey legs!<br><

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    So far, in the Dept of Transportation, I am hearing 22 days through till the end of the fiscal year (Sept 30).

    What are you hearing?

    ---Paul in Southern NJ
     
  5. disykat

    disykat DIS Veteran

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    One day a week for 6 months is what I'd heard - sounds like it's really more like 5 months. (that makes me feel better!) I have a pretty good idea of exactly how many dollars we'll need to cut from our budget and/or take from savings. We feel fortunate to have steady employment, it's just a matter of making a plan for some big time belt tightening in the short term if it really happens.
     
  6. akcire

    akcire <font color=royalblue>Mouse expert, computer chall

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    Get this. One of my neighbors is an air traffic controller. She has been told starting march 1 up to 11 days in 2013. Only problem is ohare is running 6 day weeks with almost mandatory ot. They have been told all ot will stop and planes will be backing up.

    Gotta love it
     
  7. Swimalie

    Swimalie DIS Veteran

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    My husband will be considered "essential" so he'll still have to go in, just with no pay. We'll be fine, though. We have plenty in savings and extra each pay check. We can live with a smaller paycheck for a while without hurting. But it would be nice if they pay us back retroactively like they have in the past. I understand why they won't announce that ahead of time, though. Living so close to DC, most of my neighbor's and friend's are with the gov't so it will be interesting to see how this area is affected.
     
  8. beansmom

    beansmom <font color=blue>Your dream eludes you? Don't you

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    we aren't gov employees but i face a more permanent 'furlough'. My dh is a bit older and he will be looking toward retirement in a few years. I need to get our ducks in order. I will be concentrating on paying all our debts off over the next 5 years, including our mortgage.

    he prolly will never really stop working but will slow down quite a bit...i need to be prepared coz i wanna keep traveling. :)
     
  9. clm10308

    clm10308 DIS Veteran

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    I don't work directly for the Fed govt so o furloughs, but I my job is paid for by a Federal grant which will get cut. Being one of the most recent hires, I am assuming I will be one of the first employees cut. I have started looking for a new job. What I have not heard from the higher ups is if our funding will be cut immediately or if the cuts will start with the next grant year.

    My income pays for "extras" and is helping us to pay down our debt faster, so we will be okay for a while without it. We will have to cut back on how much extra we pay off each month and go back to really pinching pennies.
     
  10. bdcp

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    That's what a lot of agencies are saying. I'm a Fed employee but we may end up not being furloughed as they are making other cuts. DH is a Fed gov contractor and they're not sure what will happen. I had already figured if we both were furloughed for 22 work days over end of Apr-Sep, then we could pay all the bills, but have no extra at all. He makes twice what I do (I work 32 hours/week). If I was furloughed, I would take a 25% hit while full timers would take a 20% hit. Not gonna say "it's not fair" because I hate when that's said, but there needs to be pro rated for part timers just as they do for everything else. Our fall vacation would go if we both took the hit. Not only haven't we had raises for more than two years, now Congress and the President are using us in their inability to do their jobs. A furlough in the area I live in would trickle down and hurt much more than just fed employees. We had planned to have some rooms painted this year as well as do a few other improvements to our house. THose will not happen if the furloughs do.
     
  11. psimon

    psimon <font color=teal>Will travel for turkey legs!<br><

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    So far, we have not been allowed to fund or contractors past March 27. Right now, they will be on the street come March 28 unless they lift the restriction!

    Washington (all of them) really love the game of poker. It's just that WE are the losers. :confused3

    ---Paul in Southern NJ
     
  12. psimon

    psimon <font color=teal>Will travel for turkey legs!<br><

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    Interesting.....we had been told controllers are considered 'essential' and indispensable, consequently the rest of the FAA has to pick up their share as well! :worried:

    ---Paul in Southern NJ
     
  13. punkin

    punkin <font color=purple>Went through pain just to look

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    DH works for the government. No one is talking cuts at his agency because hey have a different funding source. However, my friends, neighbors (pretty much everyone depends on Government money around the DC area) are very worried.
     
  14. LadyBeBop

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    I work for the IRS. They aren't talking furloughs yet. Mainly because I don't think they would dare furlough us during the filing season (now until early June). I'm worried about June through September.

    My daughter is an air traffic controller, but at a much smaller airport than O'Hare. I think they're talking about a one day a week furlough for 22 weeks.

    Of course, when all this furlough is over with in October, we'll have so much work to catch up on that they probably won't let us take our (already paid for) Disney Halloween vacation.
     
  15. traces7

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    I don't work for the government, but, we've been having furloughs for the past 5 years. We still have them this year also. We have to take 2 weeks before June and 1 week between June and December. It's kind of getting old, I wonder how much longer we'll have to do this. :sad2:

    I try and take them at a time of the month when we have less bills. This time I have 2 planned for the months when we have 3 paydays - March and August. We do get unemployment for 2 of the weeks, but 1 week is unpaid. Luckily DH is working lots of overtime. We have cut back a lot the last 5 years! :sad1:
     
  16. akcire

    akcire <font color=royalblue>Mouse expert, computer chall

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    Yep on the past she said they have always been considered essential due to safety. This time they are being told planes will slow down and back up until its safe to fly.

    She only mentioned it to my husband due to his travel schedule. If it happens and my husband and other business travelers are sitting on the Tarmac for every flight it will not be pretty. I know exactly how he will put to use the wasted time, and I can tell you I'd hate to be a staffer at a congressional office. He can churn out letters faster than anyone I know.

    The other thing is places less than 8-10 hours he will just drive. Lets talk about inefficiency, but if it is 2 hours to fly with an unknown atc delay he might as well drive.
     
  17. tikilyn

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    We're in wait and see mode. We do have a 5 month emergency fund, thank god!So we'll be ok, just have to tighten our budget up a little more. My dh is considered essential,too so he'll still be working. We'll just have to wait and see. I just wish that the government would stop playing chicken with each other and using us a pawns. I'm sick of it!
     
  18. bdcp

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    Yeah, well, we do too, but even if they aren't talking about it publicly, be aware it could impact you too. My agency shouldn't be one affected, but it's planning because they've been told nothing and no one is off the table. There's some current arguing going on at higher levels.
     
  19. bdcp

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    My DH works on a fully funded contract, but whether or not it will get "paid" fully is another issue. He works on an actual program. Worst case for them is probably just taking the same furlough, but we'll see. I still think even if sequestration happens, that it won't last more than a few weeks. Too much impact on the overall economy.
     
  20. englishteacha

    englishteacha <font color=magenta>I've just gotten crazier over

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    We had 3 unpaid furlough days last year. Nothing like what the OP's family is facing, but it was tough to lose 3 days of income when we were primarily a one income family.

    I think the worst part was when the members of the community gave teachers a hard time for having "days off"! They didn't know that all the staff in the district took 3 unpaid days in order to save several jobs in the district-saving hundreds of thousands of dollars and keeping everyone employed. (Because we're union, we had to vote to take the days.)
     
  21. bdcp

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    The 22 day furlough could impact 2 million+ people directly and a lot more indirectly and we get no vote other than the one that happens in Nov every couple of years. Not that that seemed to have any impact. The problem is, the furlough won't really save anyone's job and is just a drop in the bucket dollar wise. Real budget reform needs to happen. Most people really have no idea how much a trillion is.
     

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