So, we got a memo from the General's office regarding the furlough. It's looking like we could be furloughed for 22 days. That's 2 pay periods plus 2 days. That's a lot of freaking lost pay. (multiply that by 800,000 civilian employees nationwide and you've got one hell of a cost savings for the government) To illustrate, that amount of lost pay would pay off a loan we own... It would pay off half a credit card... if we didn't have other bills to pay.
So it looks like the $500 I set aside this week is a meager drop in the bucket... Thankfully Brad worked last Saturday and Sunday and he's working this Saturday and Sunday too. That'll help a lot. Probably get us up past the $1,000 mark in savings. We're also hopeful that taxes will help us out.
If we're allowed to pick when we take our time, I'll take it a week at a time - unless they require us to take it consecutively, which is some of the talk.
So, not only am I losing more pay via taxes, I'm also losing out on 22 days of pay because our government can't get its shit figured out. *sigh*