After the Disaster
While news that everything is returning to normal is great, you'll need to prepare for life going back to normal. Depending on the length of the shut down it might take days or even weeks for everything to start operating at its peak efficiency again. Fortunately, it's not nearly as hard to prepare for the start-up as it is for the shut down.
In most cases, as soon as a budget deal is reached the government will resume making payments and normal services within a few hours.
Make sure you get paid
While politicians will typically pass bills that allow government workers to get back pay, it might take several days for the checks to actually hit the accounts of those employees. If you were expecting a change in pay (such as a raise) during the shutdown, then it might take even longer before you see a check since the employees responsible for processing these changes will have to work their way through a backlog of requests.
Pay off loans
A sudden infusion of cash might seem like the opportunity to go on a shopping spree, but in reality it is simply the money that you would have received anyway. The first priority you have is to pay off any loans that you took out during the shutdown. If you lived on credit cards or took out a bridge loan, get it paid off with this money before you owe anymore interest on the debt.