The government shutdown continues, which means no pay yet for plenty of workers on the Rock Island Arsenal.
So can how those waiting for a paycheck get by?
Many Arsenal employees will get paid this Thursday, but only for the work they did before the government shutdown.
People like Jenny Kerr; she's worked on the Arsenal for four years.
She was furloughed earlier this summer during sequestration as well as two weeks ago with the government shutdown.
And it doesn't end there.
"Last Thursday, we learned my husband was being temporarily laid off because his position is half federally funded and half state funded and the state could not cover the funds anymore for the veterans program," says Kerr, Family Advocacy Program Manager.
Meaning this family of four has had to make cuts.
"We certainly didn't expect for him to impact him this time so it's quite the situation we're in," she adds.
And Kerr isn't alone.
Many on the Rock Island Arsenal are working but have no idea when their normal paychecks will come.
"The biggest issue for our soldiers and family members is creditors," says Chris Gegenheimer, Employment and Financial Readiness Program Manager.
Gegenheimer says the best thing for families to do is prioritize your bills and try to talk it out.
"Conversation with your creditor always helps," he says. "Don't let them set you with another higher interest rate because you're pushing that back. You have to make sure you ask that question."
And it's not just the big bills; Gegenheimer says the average worker can save around $300/year just by brown bagging.
"Just think about how much you spend on lunch," he explains.
And above all, realize things will eventually go back to normal.
"This is just a temporary thing; you've got to keep a positive attitude," Gegenheimer explains.
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