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5 federal workers: What job cuts mean to me

Thousands of federal workers lost jobs, and millions will stay at home without pay due to budget cuts. Five workers share their tough choices.

Daughter better not forget lunch at home

sue ann falkenberg federal worker furlough
  • Who: Sue Ann Falkenberg, 44
  • Job status: Expects a furlough

A single mom, Falkenberg works as an administrative assistant for the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterrey, Calif. She's expecting an official furlough notice any day.

"It's kind of frightening to me," said Falkenberg who has a 17-year-old son and a 14-year-old daughter. "Twenty percent -- that's quite a chunk. Am I going to have to ask for a 20% reduction in rent?"

Falkenberg said the furlough would cut about $500 a month from her paycheck, which would affect her family in big and small ways. For instance, if her daughter forgets her lunch at home, Falkenberg explained she probably wouldn't be able to afford the extra gasoline for her Chevrolet Tahoe to drop it off.

She's also worried about having to dip into retirement and savings accounts to make ends meet. "It will mean doing a lot of little things to pinch pennies any way we can," Falkenberg said.

Have you received a furlough or termination notice from the federal government? We want to hear from you. Email us your story and you could be a part of our ongoing coverage of federal budget cuts.
- Last updated March 12 2013 11:00 AM ET

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