The folks in Washington can't make up their minds and balance the budget and the federal government is about to shut down, so what does that mean for us in the Tri-Cities? 

We checked around the Tri-Cities hours to find out.

The post office makes most of its money for day-to-day operations through the sale of stamps; that means if the government shuts down, the mail will still be running.

If you are one of the millions of Americans depending on Social Security and Medicare benefits, don't worry -- those will not stop.

If you are buying a house, look out! Many low-to-moderate income borrowers and first-time home buyers hoping for government assistance could face delays and there will be no new FHA loans during the shutdown.

Some folks will feel a pinch in the grocery store: the Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children, known as WIC, will stop, but money for the SNAP (food stamps) will still be distributed.

As for the military, the 1.4 million active duty service members will stay on duty, but their paychecks will be delayed. Veteran's benefits and services will continue. However, many defense department civilian employees will face furlough.

If you are headed out of town, a shutdown shouldn't stop your fun.  Air traffic controllers and TSA workers will stay on the job.  And if your travels take you out of the country, embassies and consulates will stay open.

But if you're thinking about taking in the fall color of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, here's a heads up -- all national parks will be closed during a shutdown.

It seems for most of us that if the federal government shuts down, it will have little to no impact on our daily lives.

Some effects will come later. Federal courts will continue to operate for 10 days after a shutdown, but after that, non-essential staff could face furlough. 

However, court cases would still be heard and federal prisons will still be funded as well.