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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JessyCould do better here . . .

A month ago, I confessed to two shirts, and I bought another of the same kind. I can’t say I regret it, though. They are such great shirts for weekend movies or casual says at work.

I made a planned purchase of Lancome gift with purchase so I could get the non-stinging eye makeup remover they have.

But I also got a sample of Clean cologne and bought some . . . did not really need but have enjoyed.

Mad shopper that I am, I also bought socks and a flashlight. :) Hardly glam, but needed. 3 months ago


JessyI bought two shirts

on sale. They are really perfect in every way, and I had to have them. Recording it here just to keep myself honest. Otherwise, I am doing a great job on this goal. 5 months ago


JessyI bought two shirts

on sale. They are really perfect in every way, and I had to have them. Recording it here just to keep myself honest. Otherwise, I am doing a great job on this goal. 5 months ago


JessyOh, forgot to record Planned Purchase #1

Cushions for my outdoor chairs on sale for $14 each. I bought enough for next year, too, since they now make them without zippered covers, meaning I can’t just throw the covers in the wash and use them the next year. Bah humbug. 5 months ago


JessyPlanned purchase #2

It’s Clinique Bonus Time at Belk here,so I bought two tubes of the lipstick I wear and got the bonus. I have lipstick for the year (and maybe beyond) now.

Doing well on the “spending less” part of this goal. 5 months ago


JessyKeeping myself honest . . .

1. I bought two hand towels on sale. Lame-ass excuse: they have hanging loops!

2. I bought a shirt when I returned some after-Christmas sale purchases. Excellent reason: It was perfect. It was me on a hanger. Lame-ass rationalization. It cost less than the total of the stuff I returned, so it was practically free! 6 months ago


JessyDay 12, doing well.

Still unsubscribing from emails. My habit was to delete, but still, every time I deleted, it had to be a conscious decision of whether to visit the company’s site or not. It’s easier just not to be faced with the decision at all. I realized today that Williams-Sonoma had been sending me 2 emails a day, and it’s not even a place I have ever shopped regularly. 6 months ago


JessyKeeping myself honest . . .

Talbot’s is having its Red Hanger Sale, and I only buy from Talbot’s if it has a sale, because their stuff is generally too pricey for me. I really, really need a black jacket to wear to work, so I ordered three online—I’ll try them on and keep the one that fits/looks best, assuming any of them do. I am calling this a necessary purchase, since it’s a basic work wardrobe piece. 6 months ago


JessyAll good.

I have survived the onslaught of New Year’s sale emails and unsubscribed from many emails. So far, I have shopped only for necessities. Only 359 days to go! 6 months ago


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JessyI am starting off here by unsubscribing

to the emails I get today from places that want to sell me something. Every time I get an email, I have to decide whether to go to the site and look at whatever they are tempting me with or whether to delete the email. If I never get the email, that’s one less decision and one less temptation. 6 months ago


JessyLast day to spend,

but I don’t think I will. 6 months ago


JessyAnd as I think further . . .

I am sure I’ll need mascara, BB cream, shampoo, and conditioner during the year, but I have at least six months’ worth of shower gel for both me and Nick, again, because I stock up during sales. I have face cleansers of various kinds that I will use up during the year, and I have half a bottle of Shalimar, some Tibetan Mountain Temple, and a couple of Zum sprays that should take me through to the end of the year. So 2014 will also be all about using up the toiletries.

What I will buy:
My favorite Clinique lipstick, which I am currently out of, but only when there is a gift with purchase.
My favorite Lancome eye makeup remover, which I am also currently out of, but again, only when there is a gift with purchase. 6 months ago


JessyI thought about this for a long time last night,

and I have decided what to do. When I think about what Nick and I have in terms of clothes, furniture, and household items, we have plenty, because I am big on buying backups when I find a good price. So I am going to see if I can go a whole year without buying the following:

1. Clothes for me, with the possible exception of socks.
2. Clothes for Nick, with the possible exception of the black workout pants he wears.
3. Towels, bedsheets, and such, with the exception of fitted sheets for the new bed Nick is supposedly getting.
4. Furniture—easy, we won’t need any.
5. Dishes, cookware, glassware, and such—easy again. I don’t cook, and unless the cabinets fall off the wall and dump the dishes and such, I have plenty of those.
6. Jewelry—I have more earrings than I need, more necklaces than I need, and I don’t wear bracelets or rings.
7. Shoes—I have extra pairs waiting in the wings, as does Nick.

Here’s what I will buy:

1. Bedsheets for Nick’s new bed, as noted above.
2. Cushions for the four outdoor chairs in the back yard.

That plan takes care of impulse/sale spending for the entire year. It will save time and money. It’s perfect.

I’ll post updates here to keep myself honest. :) 6 months ago


JessyMy income varies somewhat from year to year,

as does the amount I spend. This year, expenditures have been up and income has been down. I can’t do much about Nick’s expenditures, since they are mostly medical and necessary. His biggest non-medical expense is his personal trainer, and that is totally out of our pocket and not covered at all by insurance. But personal training keeps Nick stronger and more flexible, so we are not doing without that.

So where to cut? Clothes: both of us have plenty and I have the habit of stocking up when I see a sale. I think we are stocked for the year. :) Household items—ditto, I tend to buy things because they are on sale. So. Staying away from online sales is the key.

The question is, do I start now, or do I let myself buy at after-Christmas sales?

Income: Likely down this year, since I am in the last edition-year of both books and since I am spending money for permissions for art and literature. The only thing I could do about that is teach a class in the summer, and I will still be working on my books in the summer, and I’d rather economize than work myself to death. Maybe in summer 2015, when I am presumably not working on books, I could teach a class to bring in a little extra. 7 months ago


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