So what happened when the clock struck midnight? Not much.
On Saturday, you won't see longer lines at the airport, or lose your financial aid, but over the course of the next few months, you'll start to feel the changes.
While the $85 billion in cuts is automatic, it's not immediate.
Ohio's schools preparing to lose $25 million in kindergarten through 12 funding, and $22 million for children with disabilities.
Some districts like Cleveland, prepared for the drop. Others aren't sure, but hope to finish the school year strong.
For young families, area Head Start programs will ward off cutting spots until fall. In Ohio, an estimated 2,500 students will lose their placement.
WIC programs are okay through April, maybe until the end of the fiscal year. In Ohio, 18,000 people who receive benefits will be affected.
Public Health programs are preparing for a nine percent cut which translates to about 2000 people impacted in Cuyahoga County through services for mental health, women's and reproductive health and children's vaccine programs.
Airports will expect lines and delays after TSA workers and air traffic controllers are furloughed. Union notification rules mean they'd take at least 30 days to kick in.
Military civilian employees also get 30 days notice before furloughs, almost 26,000 expected in Ohio.
Even those military flyovers are impacted. Expect March 10 at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway to be the last.
NASA Glenn is still accessing what projects will be shelved by the $726 million NASA will need to cut before the end of the fiscal year.
The National Parks will see cuts too. Furloughs and a freeze on any summer hiring will result in fewer camping sites and unkempt trails when you get outside.
Small business loans could be cut up to $900 million between now September, the end of the fiscal year.
Even if you don't work for the government, your job could be impacted over the next few months. No one can predict how employers will deal with the uncertainty.
Implementing spending cuts will take some time, and the 30-day notification requirements for those furloughs give Washington a little breathing room.
The next big date to know is March 27. That's when the continuing resolution for federal funding runs out again.
Remember, our lawmakers never passed a budget for fiscal year 2013. They've extended last year's funding levels twice now.
If they do it again next month, they could rewrite the sequester law as they make a deal to avoid government shutdown.