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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Catachrest in Saskatchewan is doing 18 things including…

Save at least $800 each month


Catachrest has written 1 entry about this goal

Doing well but could do better

I’m generally meeting or exceeding my goal of $800 a month so far, (aiming towards a house downpayment) mainly because I take the money out immediately from each paycheck on payday. But I know I could do it better. Since I started saving money, it’s been a lot harder to keep my VISA bill paid off or low, and I’ve been hitting the overdraft much more often just before the next payday. My budget should leave me quite enough spending money to be happy, but frankly my spending habits are terrible!

I know what I need to cut down on –
  • eating out, especially from work and especially out of laziness
  • impulse purchases, especially clothes and gadgety stuff

But it’s so hard to change the patterns of a lifetime.

I need to change something – either my spending habits or the amount I’m putting into savings, because the interest I’m earning on the savings is not going to equal that growing on the credit card. If nothing shows up on the house market that I want soon, I’ll go ahead and skip a savings payment or two and pay off the visa. I also need to stop carrying it with me!

Wish me luck…


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