As a federal contractor, I have been unable to work since the government shutdown began on Oct. 1. Here is a log of my expenditures since then.
Federal workers furloughed in the shutdown are being offered letters from government agencies to give to creditors asking them for money. The letter asks creditors to "remain patient and show compassion"—two things that are not normally used to describe creditors who usually do everything they need to do to get you to pay them.
Mike: So you're a non-federal employee who works outside of Washington, but you've been affected by this shutdown. Can you explain your situation?
Meanwhile, the shutdown continues to affect families and the poor, who rely on services like Head Start, which "offers educational programs and health care nationally for 967,000 U.S. children from birth to age 5 whose parents live at the poverty line," according to Bloomberg Businessweek.
The U.S. government has shut down for the first time in 17 years. You can pretty much go on any news site and read about all the details, so I won't rehash them here, but I know that a few of our readers work in the federal government and I'd like to know: How are you dealing with the shutdown? Let us know below, or email me if you'd like to talk about it.