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Family and Consumer Sciences

Ohio State University Extension


Resources for Consumers Whose Income is Interrupted

Jan. 16, 2019

As the shutdown of the federal government continues, Ohio State University Extension Family and Consumer Sciences and eXtension Financial Security for All Community of Practices, has compiled some resources for consumers whose income is interrupted.


  1. How to Handle a Furlough: Develop a Plan (Read more…)
  2. Resources for Employees Impacted by Furlough (Read more…)
  3. Employee Information and Resources (Read more…)
  4. FY 2018 Shutdown Furlough – Frequently Asked Questions (Read more…)
  5. How You (and your finances) Can Survive the Federal Shutdown (Read more…)
  6. Columbus, Franklin County helping Federal Workers on Utilities, Taxes, Vet issues (Columbus Dispatch)


  1. Financial Security: Managing Money in Tough Times (Visit…)
  2. Managing Your Personal Finances in Tough Times (Visit…)
  3. Pay & Leave – Furlough Guidance (Visit…)
  4. Furloughed Employees Handbook (Visit…)
  5. Resources Available for Furloughed Employees (Visit…)


  1. Managing in a Crisis: How to Stretch Your Food Dollar During the Government Shutdown (LiveSmartOhio) (download PDF PDF)
  2. How to Realistically Save on Food Costs (Extension resources)
  3. The Easy Way to Create a Spending Plan (Extension resources)
  4. Utilizing the Library to Keep Costs Down (Extension resources)


  1. Budget Hacks: From Research to Practical #GetSavvy Webinar recording (Video...)
  2. How to Save Money on Food #GetSavvy Webinar recording (Video...)

Free Franklin County Area Resources

Federal Government Employee OSU Ticket Offer: Beginning now and continuing through the end of the government shutdown, all federal government employees can receive two free tickets (on day of the event) to all Ohio State athletics events. (Details)

Gateway Film Center: Beginning January 21 and extending until the government shutdown ends, federal employees and one guest will be admitted to any screening for free at the Gateway Film Center. Federal employees will need to present their federal employee identification card at the box office to receive their tickets. (Read more...)

Columbus Zoo and Aquarium: The Columbus Zoo and Aquarium is offering free admission to furloughed federal workers and their immediate family members while the partial government shutdown persists. Federal employees are asked to present their federal ID or badge at the ticket booth for free admission. (Read more...)

COSI: COSI is offering free general admission to furloughed government employees and their immediate family members during the partial government shutdown, the museum announced Friday. The offer is effective immediately and will continue for the duration of the shutdown. Employees must show their federal employee ID at COSI's Box Office. (Read more...)