I have 3- 2009's and have made literally dozens of cool projects with them.
Sadly, not a single one is in a final project! No Arduino projects because I don't want my precious locked up, never to used again.
I love my Arduinoes, they are cool and they cost too much to just leave in a blinky or motor spinning project. Even that hot water heater monitor and pump controller project.
I usually get an idea, load and debug a sketch, make it perfect, run it for a day or two then shelf the project because I don't want to donate one of my beloved Arduinos to a prtoject. "I might need it for another project that is more important next month.
Is this you?
If it is I have have relief for you.
The CheepaDuino!!, is here to the rescue.
I have a complete Arduino platform including shipping for a bout 5 bucks each. 2 for $9.62. That includes shipping!
If this is you then let's do it, follow me.
FYI, first picture, 3 built up cheepaduinoes awaiting projects.
second picture a 3 zone climate monitor instructable to follow
third picture a Power ball lottery number picker, instructable to follow
fourth picture, a bootloader burner i use from Evil Mad scientist. each Atmega328pu takes 15 seconds to load bootloader.