The article How to Stay Afloat Financially in a Federal Shutdown originally appeared on NerdWallet.
When you have a pile of bills and no paycheck, address the essentials first. That means the roof over your head, medicine, food, heat, electricity and — for those who still must report to jobs despite a government shutdown — getting to work. What can wait? Almost everything else.
Communicating with creditors is key to surviving a federal government shutdown and recovering afterward. Here’s a guide to navigating the process if a furlough for federal workers has hit your household.