Coast Guard advises furloughed employees hold garage sales, babysit to ease financial woes


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The Coast Guard, in a tip-sheet that has since been removed from its website, encouraged its employees to hold garage sales or babysit to ease their financial woes during the partial government shutdown, The Washington Post first reported on Wednesday.

According to the Post, the memo applied to the roughly 8,000-strong civilian arm of the Coast Guard, about three-fourths of which are furloughed and the rest of whom are working without pay.

Among other suggestions, the Coast Guard Support Program's "Managing your finances during a furlough" pamphlet suggested that service members pick up a babysitting gig, hold a garage sale and serve as a "mystery shopper."