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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mooniebutt in Milwaukee is doing 26 things including…

7 baby steps to begin financial peace

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mooniebutt has written 4 entries about this goal


4. Invest 15% of household income into Roth IRAs and pre-tax retirement.

5. College funding for children

6. Pay off home early

7. Build wealth and give! Invest in mutual funds and real estate

We need to seriously work on these next four. We don’t invest in IRAs. We really need to do something about college. We need to buy a home. And I’m really good at giving… need to work on the building wealth part.

#3 3 to 6 months of expenses in savings

This is a two part-er for me:

1. Save 6 months of rent
2. Save 6 months of all other expenses (not including debt)

First thing I need to do is figure out what these figures actually are. It helps that I am going to ignore the debt when doing this. That’s what’s been holding me up.

#2 Pay off all debt using the Debt Snowball

Ugh. We just finished paying off all our debt at this time last year. Now we are up to our eyeballs in debt again. We need to refocus and stop spending. I need to refocus and stop spending.

#1 Start an Emergency Fund of $1,000

It should be a whole lot more than it is. We really need to work on the other baby steps before adding more. Part of me wants to continue to add a little bit each month… especially since we stopped saving altogether not long ago. This baby step is done.

mooniebutt has gotten 13 cheers on this goal.


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