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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TwitchTXAlmost debt free and still putting some aside...

So I just paid off ALL of my credit card debt (WAHOO!). Just have the car loan left and I’ll be entirely debt free. I am currently able to put back about $150 a month and I plan on sectioning it off into 3 or 4 different categories like Travel, Auto, Hobby, etc… so I can do the few things I have always wanted to (mainly travel to Europe and Africa), and have the few things I have wanted to own (like a late 80’s/mid 90’s model Porsche 911). 2 years ago

RubyTooIt's the best way to save.

I’ve been trying to save (unsucessfully) for years and years. Even when I had large chunks of money, it would get spent.

I openend an account at another financial institution that is not convenient to me. I have no atm card to it. I set up my online billpay to automatically send a payment from my regular checking account to this savings account the day after every payday.

I started small ($25) and every couple of months I’d bump it up by $5 or $10. The changes were so minor that I didn’t notice the loss in my account. I forget I have the additional savings except to remember and check in every couple of months. My bills get paid and I have extras, but if I run out of money, I’m out of money. 3 years ago


Before bills, before discretionary spending, before I do anything with any income I receive, 10% goes into my savings account. Non-touchable, except for emergencies. 5 years ago


i decided to give up on this because at this time in my life it’s just too unrealistic. that’s just the truth no matter what you say. one day, when i can, i will be able to pay myself first. but that day is not today. 6 years ago

daybreakcsSteady and growing

Since I started paying myself first at least 10% of my income my savings have been steady growing. Our goal is to save enough to put a down payment on a new house and keep our first home as rental property 7 years ago


Goal: To put away at least 10% from every paycheck and not touch it. 7 years ago


If you don’t do it, who will? Enjoy life, but save a little money! It also comes in handy for emergencies. 9 years ago


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