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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RexKwonDoFinally made it

I have $25,700 in my savings account specifically for an emergency fund. This is the largest emergency fund I’ve had, both in terms of nominal value and relative to my expenses. It’s good to know I have some cushion in case of financial trouble, but I won’t stop here. I’ll try to hit 8 months’ worth by the end of the year, and 24 months’ worth is the long term goal (several years out). 5 months ago

RexKwonDo 3 years ago

presto 7 months ago

RubyToo$12K, as if.

One of my goals is to save $10K and that just seems impossible! I will say that I managed to save enough to live for 3 months out of work with the baby. Man it was tight at the end though. 9 months ago


that our debt is gone we are 100% focused on saving. We tapped into savings to pay off debt and are left with about $2300 so the task begins right away. We must increase this amount and at the same time not accumulate debt! 10 months ago

ttfoley24 10 months ago

AOKThe more things change

the more they stay the same. Was reading the early 2007 entries I wrote on this goal. Funny that today I can say the same thing that I said in 2007. To date we have one month’s worth saved. But I am sure our monthly expenses are higher now than 6 years ago, so that’s progress, right? Ha! 10 months ago

AOKTough goal

We spend a lot of money on food each month. We could definitely monitor this in a more effective way. 11 months ago

RexKwonDo$8,097 saved, $7,455 remaining

I just made it halfway, completing my goal of saving 3 months’. Now 6 months’ is the new milestone. I’ll try to save $6,000 more by the end of the year, and the remaining $1,455 by March 2014. 18 months ago

ethereal_haze 2 years ago

RubyTooJust under it....

I’m almost at the $10K mark, maybe I’ll hit my 12K early in 2013? Cross fingers. 2 years ago

RubyTooMy goal

I see my goal is $12,000 by 2013.

Currently I’m $5110. I have my $10,000 goal set to be acheived by 2013. It SHOULD be do-able. I’m not so sure about the $12K though. 2 years ago

jimj1sI am tired of being scared of financial insecurity

I have a good job, and make a decent wage

BUT – I spent too much and have a big mortgage and a family to support

I have paid off all credit cards and cars (finally, and then bought more cars and recharged the credit cards higher than ever.

What frightens me is having a big expense or a job or income change that causes me to have to borrow more and descend into insolvency.

6 months living expense for me is about $5k per month, or $30k total.

That’s a lot of dough for this small-town boy.

But I HAVE to do it. I want to sleep easy at night knowing I can handle unexpected monetary hits. It has taken me a long time to get to this point, but I am now deferring instant gratification in favor of savings. I’ve saved nothing. I have a long way to go.

Please God, be nice to me and let me keep saving without an emergency causing me to drop big bucks along the way.

Changing from a spender to a saver seems impossible to me.
But I keep trying. 8 years ago

windstorm 8 years ago

violet_flames 8 years ago


That’s just under 30% of the way there. Looking through my other goals you will see the various ways I have it stashed or saved. 3 years ago

AOKGetting settled

after the move. There was a bit of juggling finances this month and we did not stick to our budget. Our plan for July is different and we should get a sense then of how much we can save each month. 3 years ago

RubyTooHow much?

In my 5 year plan I outlined my goal to be $12,000 by Jan 2013. To accomplish that I would need to contribute $500/mo.

As of next week I determined I will have $1,929 in my seperate savings and a $1,000 cd. I need to find ways to pick up extra cash. 3 years ago

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