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Surviving the loss of income during the government shutdown

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The shutdown leaves nearly 800,000 furloughed government workers without a paycheck.

KSFY News spoke with a local consumer credit counseling service to find out what to do if you were recently furloughed.

First, try not to panic.

Now I know that may be easier said than done but the best thing any of us can do is to have a plan and be proactive.

Gates down and posters up, all signs of the government shutdown, and for federal workers,  many government offices are closed.

But for many employees these are not just signs which signal they can't go to work but that they're not getting paid.

I went to Lutheran Social Services to find out what to do if any of us should find ourselves cut off from a steady source of income.

Lutheran Social Services Community Relations Coordinator Marley Prunty-Lara said "you want to inventory what other means of income, if any, do you have. What are your expenses. What debt do you have. What bills are going to come due. So we're in the first week of October, 'what do you have to pay this week, what do you have to pay next week, when's the cell phone bill due, when's the cable bill, what about electricity, what about gas?,' those types of things. Put it out on a calendar and really spend some time thinking about those expenses."

Even if you have a good job, Marley said it's always a good idea to have a plan.

Not only can we be prepared should this happen to any one of us, but it will also make you feel more empowered.

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