Dear 43 Things Users,

10 years after introducing 43 Things to the world, we have decided we have met our last goal: completing the incredible experience that has been 43 Things. Please join us in giving one last cheer to all the folks who have shared their goals with the world, as well as all the people who have worked at The Robot Co-op to build this incredible website. We won a Webby Award, published a book, and brought happiness to a lot of people.

Starting today, 43 Things users can export their goals and entries from the site. Starting August 15, we will make the site “read only”. 43 Things users will still be able to view the site and export their content, but we won’t be taking any new content from users. We hope to leave the site up for folks to see and download their content until the end of the year. Ending on New Year’s Eve takes us full circle.

It has been a long ride (one of our original goals was to "build a company that lasts at least 2 years” - we beat that one!) While we wish the site could live on, it has suffered from a number of challenges - changes in how people use the site, the advertising industry, and how search engines view the site. We wish the outcome was different – but we’ve always been realistic about when our goals are met and when they aren't.

As of today, you will be able to download your goals and entries. See more about that on the FAQ page. Thanks for 10 great years of goal-setting and achieving.

- The Robots.

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FAQ

J P

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After paying off my loans, I wanted to set a goal for my savings (of which I had none). I basically followed the same process I used for paying off my loans but this time I was taking my monthly leftovers and keeping it.

1) Create a realistic budget for monthly spending

2) It helped me to open a separate bank account in order to really set my savings aside.

3) At the end of every month, I took any budget leftovers + my savings from my paycheck. I got paid only once a month, so I was careful not to drop all my cash toward a different savings account in case of some emergency.

4) Again, I would recommend mint.com or similar services for tracking purposes. Being aware of your overall status with graphs and budget overage alerts is helpful to make you work toward goals, be encouraged to keep at it, and even become competitive about where/how you can save money each month.



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