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?