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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Maurice Nelson 3 weeks ago


Harmless DilettanteColic Fund $4200

Yay! My emergency vet fund has reached $4200. 1 month ago


Harmless DilettanteWeekly Financial To Do: 5/4/14 to 5/10/14

1. Close old retirement account (Done?)

2. Review funds and start Investments for my 401K. Set alerts for the rest of the year. (Done)

3. Pay Bills (Done) 2 months ago


Harmless Dilettante2014 Financial Goals

1. Close my old retirement account

2. Invest my IRA

3. Refinance my mortgage at a lower rate and shorter term

4. Complete my home inventory

5. Review and comparison shop home and auto insurance

6. Make a budget and use it to determine if our emergency fund is enough (Go for six months worth on hand in cash)

7. Cancel higher interest credit cards and replace with better ones. Cash. Out rewards first.

8. Strengthen online security for all financial accounts

9. Track my colic savings fund

10. Keep a financial buffer in checking of $5-10K

11. Reconcile and review all my accounts monthly

12. Update my emergency records binder and summary 2 months ago


Texas Lin 2 months ago


sharonew16 2 months ago


Harmless DilettanteThree down, lots to go

Made our 2013 IRA contributions. Now, I just need to select which funds to buy. I even sent the paperwork to transfer my old IRA fund into our current brokerage. They make it really difficult. Getting all the forms filled out ooh at least three hours! We also adjusted our current with holdings. This is going to be a much leaner year!

Taxes are also filed and paid.

So, #2, #3, and #10 are done. #12 is in progress. #14 will probably just end up being our current savings account after I suck most of the money out for home improvements. I seem to wildly underestimate how expensive these remodeling projects are. Still, I’m learning. 3 months ago


Harmless DilettanteStep 1: Make a To Do List

1. Make a Financial Goal List with deadlines
2. Reconcile Accounts (Need to do this monthly)
3. Make Max 2013 IRA contributions by April 15
3. File 2013 Taxes and adjust 2014 with holdings if necessary
4. Make a home inventory
5. Use Inventory info to evaluate Home Insurance Coverage. Make changes as necessary and comaparison shop.
6. Comparison shop for car insurance and home insurance. Look into farm insurance as an alternative.
7. Make a budget
8. Use budget to determine if our 6 months of emergency cash fund is adequete
9. Review investment porfolio
10. Review retirement contributions and adjust accordingly
11. Pay off mortgage (Start off by refinancing at a lower interest rate)
12. Budget and schedule home repairs and improvements
13. Create an easy way to save for non investment big ticket purchases. like a new saddle, car, etc.
14. Examine segregating Emergency Horse Fund into a different savings account. 6 months ago


Harmless Dilettante 6 months ago


purple_ladyI am secure enough

I am mostly marking this complete because this is not a major focus for me any more. when I started this goal I was seriously struggling to make ends meet. At this stage I still have a way to go but I know I have enough not to worry about affording food and basic items and that I have medical aid, pension and life insurance for husband and I. I am not creating more debt and am reducing the debt I do have. Right now thats good enough for me! 7 months ago


purple_lady 3 years ago


JamezBlond 11 months ago


sherbetdab 13 months ago


astorgood1 15 months ago


Living in Possibility

Living in Possibility 3 years ago


Felicitysneak 18 months ago


joannaml 19 months ago


freestyler85m 20 months ago


roslin1 7 years ago


jenle21 2 years ago


ButterflyI just bought

a playstation 3. With no “how am I going to pay the rent this week?” attached to it. Such a good feeling :D

I need to focus on saving now, but thankfully I’ve always been good at that. 2 years ago


Butterfly 3 years ago


ButterflyI'm not there yet

but I’m getting closer.

I went out with a friend last night and was able to buy her a drink without worrying about how it would affect the rest of my week regarding rent, bills, food etc.

It was a good feeling! 2 years ago


snowfox47 2 years ago


ButterflyTwo things I need to complete to help

a) Shut down other superannuation account
b) Cancel mobile contract & go back to pre-paid 2 years ago


Chett Breiling 2 years ago


beautifula 2 years ago


purple_ladyThe new job

should make a difference here. I have been so tired trying to make ends meet, I am so grateful that this job will allow me to start paying off debts. 2 years ago


jashleyodell 2 years ago


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