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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Dawn MatthewsHad to go get some food today.

Yeah, frozen pizza and cereal are great but the boyfriend and I have both been feeling a little under the weather, so I had to cave and go buy some fresh oranges, lemons, and bananas.

Still.. my grand total for a week of spending “no money” has been somewhere in the ball park of $30. The past six months or so I would say I’ve been spending about $200-$250 a week unnecessarily so I’m still doing pretty good. :) This goal has made me question everything and for example, today, at the store I really wanted to buy some raw organic honey to put in my hot tea. I even picked it up and put it in my cart. Then I realized that I could live until Sunday without a $6 bottle of honey, and I put it back. It’s been a huge exercise in self-restraint and I think I needed to prove to myself I can do this. 3 years ago


Dawn MatthewsMade it through this goal today! :)

Mostly because I slept all day, but that’s okay! :)
Tomorrow is payday and it’s going to feel really nice to just put that money in the bank instead of feeling the urge to go out and spend it. 3 years ago


Dawn MatthewsFailed (a little bit) at this goal today.

Went into work expecting to only work lunch, but I only made $14 during my first lunch shift. :( So I picked up a dinner shift to make some extra money, but then realized I was starving and there was no way I could make it from 11 AM to 10 PM without eating so I bought myself a meal.

I’m going to plan for contingencies like this for the rest of the week by bringing a protein bar/piece of fruit so that just in case I do end up working a double again, I don’t have to buy a $6-7 plate of Mexican food.

Better for me. Better for my money. :) 3 years ago


Dawn MatthewsJust to prove to myself I can.

Starting tomorrow, Sunday, October 2 and ending Sunday, October 9 I want to spend zero unnecessary money.

Obviously I’ll pay my phone bill that’s due on the sixth and I think I’ve got to buy cat litter and food, but I’ve got plenty of groceries and a full tank of gas in my car so other than that, I want to spend ZERO money.

This is going to be a tough goal for me but if I can prove to myself I can do it just for a week, I think it’ll put me closer to where I want to be financially. 3 years ago


latentlexI think today is my second day spending no money...

But not sure, it may be longer. I am broke right now so it’s not like I have money to spend, but I could borrow money, etc.. which I haven’t done. It sure makes you realize how even “small” purchases like a can of pepsi or junk food or newspapers starts to really add up. If I get good at this I might be able to go a week every month without spending money (for the people who are wondering about bills, groceries, etc- of course you still buy those- you buy your groceries and pay off your bills before your week- the idea is not to spend any money on stuff you don’t need and to use up the food you have instead of splurging on restaurants, etc…) It’s a good practice and imagine how much money we could all save if we went just one DAY a week without spending money and saved that money away? 3 years ago


latentlex 3 years ago


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