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Coast Guard provides tips for workers affected by shutdown: Have garage sale, offer to walk pets

Posted: 11:26 AM, Jan 10, 2019
Updated: 2019-01-10 17:26:13Z
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The US Coast Guard offered a tip sheet to workers affected by the ongoing government shutdown caused by President Donald Trump's desire for a border wall on the country's southern border.

In a five-page tip sheet, titled "Managing Your Finances During a Furlough," the organization offered tips on how to manage and make more money while workers are not receiving paychecks.

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The Coast Guard offered the following tips:

  • Have a garage sale -- clean out your attic, basement and closets at the same time
  • Sell unwanted items through newspaper or online
  • Offer to watch children, walk pets or house sit
  • Turn your hobby into income
  • Have untapped teaching skills and expertise? Tutor students, give music or sports lessons
  • Become a mystery shopper

"Bankruptcy is a last option," the tip sheet says.

The U.S. Coast Guard in Oklahoma steps in when it comes to patrolling those waters and keeping everyone safe. But because they’re funded by the Department of Homeland Security, they also have to cut back.

"Some of the regular patrols may not happen, or training that is provided to crew members may not happen," said U.S. Coast Guard Chief Warrant Officer Chad Saylor. "Some recreational boating boardings may not take place; this is where we routinely check recreational boaters to make sure they have the proper life-saving equipment on board."

The Coast Guard will continue emergency operations. That includes search and rescue, environmental emergencies, and national security.

More info can be found here.

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