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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I spend a fortune on food every week. Goal is to find out what is normal to spend on food. I know its a how long is a peice of string question and it is related to personal wealth, but I still want to know. 5 months ago

SwiftifIStick2ItDay 7 Woh! Im half way there-air Woh-oh! Living on a prayer-air (Bon Jovi)

Have made a start on this. Got the regular monthly bills down. Need to catch up with annual and irregular expenses plus my day to day spending or do I mean ahem allowance! By Jovi yes indeedi! 6 months ago

SwiftifIStick2ItSet a course and set sail

Vaguely spending money and plastic doesnt work. Knowledge is power. I can rein it it if I know my parameters. 6 months ago

NordicSpiritMake a budget

For the next year. 13 months ago

vanversahello dear

my dear how are you today.
well my name is Vanessa is my pleasure to contact you get the chance, it is what is important for us to know each other, that I explain something about myself honestly and truthful woman search for true love with you, so I appreciate if I could contact me with this e-mail, what is really important to you much you do differently and understanding, my goal here is serious relationship with that accept me as you will, I like you, say some thing word, are means to answer a whole by Vanessa 23 months ago


I’m writing a budget at the beginning of every month. However, I keep having unexpected expenses such as car repairs, etc. which is making it difficult. 2 years ago


I am seriously “White-knuckling” it through Jan and Feb, then I can breathe easier. I’ve got car insurance and tags due for 2 cars right after Christmas. 2 years ago


For right now, I am writing a budget at the beginning of every month. I’ve got a rough January and February coming up. Did one for January. 2 years ago

SmileDanaSmileSo Worth It!

My boyfriend and I did the Dave Ramsey FPU class Jan 2011 and it was the best $99 we ever spent! While a lot of what’s taught is common sense it was laid out in a very doable plan.

We are now budget masters! We’ve become so good at it that we help friends and family with their own.

The latest was a friend who is a single mom. She didn’t think she’s be able to afford X-mas gifts and catch up on bills she was behind. With a lot of crunching and cutting out a ton of “wants” over needs she’s 100% on track to being caught up January 1st. Her daughter also ended up with a bunch of gifts in the end.

We still love Dave Ramsey and listen to his radio show daily. We’re doing our baby steps, but we aren’t die hard like some people are. We’ve taken what works for us from his program and use that. What didn’t work we either left out for now or switched it up to fit us.

If anyone needs help feel free to ask!

Just so you have some numbers:
Starting Debt: $22,000
Debt when I took FPU Jan 2011: $20,000
As of December 26, 2011: $975

I’m under a $1,000!

I did this all on a $22,000 take home income.

Were there tears? Yes.
Did I throw a few fits? Yes.
Did I have some major “want” moments? Yes.
Was it hard? At first!

It is so worth it though. My boyfriend and I found so many free events in our area for fun. We would save up for special things like a convention or haunted house.

I’m also less of a consumer. It’s amazing what you can live without.

The key is to get fun money! Some paychecks I only got $10 of fun money and it became a game to figure out how to make it stretch out. If you can get $10 a paycheck of fun money you’ll be able to give yourself some little reward.

Sell what you don’t really need, want, or use any more. There are a ton of Buy, Sell, Trade groups on Facebook. Some months I made an extra $100. Every little bit counts. 3 years ago

SydneySort of created an overview...

I have yet to make specifics yet, but I also don’t have my own expenses to worry about. I sent an overview of where my loan money goes to – what is school, rent, groceries, gas, etc… – in an attempt to show that I have no money left to go out an do anything like even BOWL. Once that was made, I had a better overview of everything I spend my money on – this came a lot from tracking expenses. I hope to have this well established by the time I have my own salary (which I totally can’t wait for). 3 years ago

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