June was another busy but enjoyable month for me! In my last update I mentioned that I had found a property that I wanted to buy and my offer was accepted, but I was just waiting for the mortgage to be approved. Well I’m thrilled to say that my mortgage is now all sorted, the solicitors have been appointed, and I’m pretty close to getting my completion date! So EXCITED! Hopefully next month I will have another update!

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The Cath Kidston summer sale started and so of course, I made a couple of purchases! I still have another order on it’s way to me, but I just cannot stop buying pretty things for my new home! I love the pretty summery colours and floral print.

Gavin is best man for his friends wedding next week, so I’ve been busy preparing my outfit! I’ve bought a lovely floral dress with a dip hem and bardot sleeves, and these pastel blue heels and Katie Loxton clutch bag will match perfectly! I’m also getting gel nails and a spray tan done the night before!

Natwest have finally approved my mortgage! I say finally.. it actually only took them a week from application, but the whole process feels so drawn out! Once it’s all finalised (fingers crossed it will all go smoothly!) I will do a blog post with a little timeline of events on how long it took from finding the house until moving in. Hopefully won’t be too long now!

I recently spotted these Girls With Attitude palettes on offer in Savers for only £5 each. The Glow it! Highlighting Palette is normally £12, and the Natural Eyeshadow Palette is usually £10. I thought I’d give them a try as they were reduced, although I didn’t have very high expectations. But I gave them a try once I got home and they are amazing! The pigmentation is really good and the eyeshadows blend beautifully!

 

I still can’t resist collecting vintage tea cups and china. I have loads and loads of sets, and I even bought this wooden cabinet from a charity shop for only £30 to store them all in! I’m not sure if I’m going to be able to take them all with me to my new place, so I will miss them! I love using them as little planters for cacti.. so cute.

In June I got to meet up with all of my favourite blogger girls! Tereza, Charl, Terri and I recently went to The Restaurant at Broadway Casino in Birmingham for a delicious slap up meal (and wine). I’ll do a blog post on this in more detail soon!

I also met up with Issy for a little Nandos catch up as we hadn’t seen each other in over a year, despite the fact we used to work together and see each other everyday! I also met up with another ex colleague turned blogger Hazel and we went for a delicious Italian in Milton Keynes.

A recent dinner at Stonehouse restaurant led to me having a delicious goats cheese, red onion and spinach pizza, washed down with this amazing freakshake! It was chocolate sauce with milk, ice cream, a cookie, brownie, and whipped cream. It was pretty tasty except for the actual milky bit which was literally just milk with lumps of ice in.. weird. They also do a frozen rosé wine ‘frosé’ which looks very tempting!

I also attended my first proper carboot sale of the year! My little local one is quite small but you can often find some treasures. I managed to get this little wooden make up box for 50p (which I plan to prettify), a floral blouse for £1, brand new Eylure lashes for 50p each, pretty floral Waitrose plates for £2, and a few cosmetic bits for 30p each including a brand new Caudalie Divine Oil which has an RRP of £10!

  

It was my boyfriend Gavin’s birthday in June, and we had the most wonderful weekend, although unfortunately it was so busy I didn’t actually get to take many photos! On the Friday night I treated him to dinner at Miller and Carter steakhouse in Wheathampstead which was amazing. I’d love to go back again!

On the Saturday we visited his family and had a BBQ and drinks with his friends, and then on the Sunday I surprised him with Thorpe Park tickets! I’d never been before as I don’t like roller-coasters, but we actually both had a really nice day. The weather was beautiful and we were lucky that there were hardly any queues for the rides. I even went on The Swarm roller-coaster! Mainly only because You Me At Six did the theme song for Thorpe Park…

   I I was invited to the relaunch of burger restaurant Meatcure in Bedford recently and popped along with (another!) old colleague Emma. We’d been once before and we loved their milkshakes, so we were excited to visit again. We were expecting maybe a couple of little sliders but we were very pleased to be presented with as many full-sized burgers as we could eat! I managed 3 and a half….

We were welcomed with a glass of prosecco as well as a bottle of Vedett beer each which had a printed photo of our faces on! The whole vibe in Meatcure is pretty chilled and it has a nice relaxed atmosphere. They have a nice straight-forward menu with no fuss or frilly bits. Just delicious burgers!

I tried the Royale (beef burger with cheese), Smokey and the Bandit (topped with bacon and BBQ sauce), Field of Dreams (portobello mushrooms and halloumi), and Colonel Parkers Tribute (their chicken burger). Delicious! I’ll definitely be back!

Over the last year or so I have absolutely fallen in love with the Nissa Figaro! It looks like a classic car, but it was actually produced in the early nineties so it’s not as old as it looks. It comes in gorgeous pastel tones: mint green, pretty pink, baby blue, and light grey. Aren’t they gorgeous? These are a couple that I’ve spotted out and about recently!

I really want one but my Dad insists that they’re rust buckets and too expensive to insure. Unfortunately as it can’t really be used as an everyday car, I’d have to keep it somewhere safe most of the time, and my new place doesn’t have a private driveway 🙁 one day though!

So carboot sale season is officially over for me now until April next year. I have had another pretty good run this summer, finding quite a few little bargains! I thought I’d do a little run down of the things I found over my last few trips, and also some charity shop finds too. 

We’ve had a new trader at my local carboot sale recently, that has boxes and boxes full of make up testers and samples. He sells them all for £1 each and so I’ve treated myself to a few concealers and lipsticks from him, all brand new!
 I bought this floral Royal Albert side plate for 50p
 I’m not really sure what this piece of china is, but when I bought it it was absolutely filthy. But I loved the colours, so I bought it for 50p and it has cleaned up beautifully!

 I bought these two very pretty floral side plate for only £1 from a lovely lady at the carboot.. I love them!
 This cute little floral trinket pot was only 50p and it’s like new so I had to get it to add to my never ending china collection!
 The tea cup and saucer here don’t actually match, but they’re close enough! It was £1 for the set. 
I didn’t have much luck with buying clothes at the carboot this year, but I did find this brand new black mac for only £2. A wardrobe must have! 
 I think this is a plant pot that you’re meant to hang on the wall, as it’s got a flat back and it’s quite big and deep. I’m not really sure what I’m going to do with it yet, but for £1 I decided I needed it. 
 Another piece of vintage china, this Royal Albert piece was only 50p! 
 I bought this set of tiny little ceramic cats from a stall that the Cats Protection charity was running at the carboot sale, and she let me have the whole set for only 50p! Cute! 
 I also found this brand new in box sugar bowl for only £1! I absolutely love the adorable little teapot teaspoon! 
 This big rose printed oval dish was £1 from a local charity shop
 I also picked up this oilcloth floral print cosmetics bag from the same charity shop for only 50p.
 
This pretty floral tea dress was new with tags for only £7, which I
thought was quite a bargain considering it was still new with M&S
limitied collection tags on! I wore it for afternoon tea at Woburn Abbey
with my Mum and sister a few weekends ago. 
I
bought this sporty H&M dress from the same shop, which was also new
with tags and only £6. I had been eyeing this up in H&M very
recently so I was thrilled to find it in my size for such a bargain
price! 
 This cute Peter Pan collar blouse with a fox print was only £1 from another charity shop.

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Hi all. I’ve been thinking of doing this post for a while now, an update to this post I did almost 2 years ago now (time flies eh?). I’m sure you all know I’m quite a frugal spender, and I like to keep my purchases small and cheap. But I don’t feel that I lack anything materialistic in my life, in fact, I am fortunate enough to have a bedroom full of stuff. But this is all thanks to my thrifty ways, so here’s my top tips to save yourself some money! Although I must say I’m no money saving expert, and everyone has their own way of doing things, these are what works for me personally.

  1. Savings Accounts – Lets start with something boring, bank accounts! If you’re a grown up, you should really by now have a savings account to start using for your future. This is different to a regular current account, as you will earn interest on your savings. I would advise for you to have both a current account (for your everyday spends, wages, bills etc) and then a savings account, which you can top up monthly. I put about a quarter of my wages into my savings account each month. However, I live at home so have small outgoings. But whatever you can afford to put aside each month, put it into a savings account. After a year, you would have earned interest, probably of only about 2%, but that’s free money right there! And building up over a year can put a nice sum into your savings, which will then grow even more next year! If you save £10 a week, it will build up in no time.
  2. Budgeting – Don’t be afraid or worried about looking at your bills. It’s a great idea for you to work out your exact outgoings each month. If you’re a computer geek like myself, make yourself up a spreadsheet listing all of your outgoings (utilities, rent, phone, gym etc). Then you will be able to work out how much you have left over, and then work out how much you can spend each week on food, going out etc. Don’t forget to put a bit in your savings! It’s always best to face bills head on, don’t ignore them, as they will not disappear. Keep track of everything going out of your bank account. 
  3. Spring clean your finances – If you don’t use your gym/magazine/cinema subscriptions anymore, then cancel them. Don’t waste money on something you don’t need anymore. Also, if you’re paying more than you’d like to be for TV/internet/mobile bills, look at changing your price plan to something more affordable, if possible. Do you really need that Cosmo subscription and pay £40 a month for a gym you rarely attend? 
  4. Shop around – A very simple one really, but if you’re looking at making a purchase, big or small, always shop around. There are big price differences between stores, so don’t always go for the first place you find. You will only feel terrible when you find the shop next door do it for £20 cheaper! MoneySuperMarket is a great site to use when searching for things like insurance, holidays etc.
  5. Discounts – If you’re shopping online, always first look for a discount code. You will probably be surprised by the savings you can make just by entering a few digits at the checkout, so try not to forget! You could use dealsdaddy.co.uk to find the latest voucher codes! 
  6. Cashback – This is something I’ve mentioned a couple of times before, and if you haven’t already, sign up to a site such as Quidco. When you purchase something via their website,  you will receive a portion of cashback, which can be from 1% to much more! My best deal so far has been for my business insurance, which cost me £62. But by shopping via Quidco, they are giving me £75 cashback for starting a new policy as a new customer! So I’m in profit, as well as getting free insurance! Almost every online store is available on there, such as clothing sites, perfume shops, and buying train tickets and holidays.
  7. Holding out – Most of the time, unless I really want something, I wait until it’s reduced in price or is on special offer. Waiting a little bit longer can save you plenty! Especially if it’s an item you don’t really need, but really want. If you wait a few weeks, then you may find it’s put in the sale, on special offer, or find a discount code. My moral is, if there’s no discount at all, don’t buy it! And do you really need to go out every weekend, with a new outfit?
  8. Stocking up – This leads me onto my next point, mainly referring to make up and toiletries. If something is on special offer (Boots often does 3 for 2 on all make up) then I will wait and buy my make up then. Even if I haven’t run out yet, I like to have an item or two spare for when I need it. I begrudge running out of shampoo and conditioner, and going to Boots to buy at £5 a pop, and the next week they’re buy one get one free! But special promotions come round quite often, so don’t feel you have to buy tonnes to save money! The special offer will come back!
  9. Selling on eBay – Despite Royal Mails increasing postage prices, selling on eBay can still make you a pretty penny. And if you prefer, you can always use a website such as Parcel2Go which will find you the cheapest courier instead of Royal Mail (always compare prices!). Always make sure you list your items properly, with clear photos and an accurate description and title. I always start my items at 99p as they will gain the most interest. I find no one looks at items starting at £5! And remember, it’s always free to list items for 99p or less. 
  10. Selling at carboot sales – If you’re not an eBay fan, then I would also recommend carboot sales. But don’t expect the same prices! At carboots, I find most items of clothing range from 50p each for tops, to about £3 for nice dresses, so you won’t make loads. I recommend selling your nicer things on eBay, then taking the left overs to a carboot sale. People will almost always buy womens clothes, whatever the style! You can sell anything and everything at boot sales too, so make a box of unwanted stuff, and keep building up your collection until you have enough to make a stall out of. I usually make about £50 for my boot sale stalls, selling things that would have otherwise gone in the bin.
  11. Buy second hand – There used to be a bit of stigma around this, but I think it’s drifted out now. But buying someone elses unwanted goods doesn’t make you a peasant. If you’re setting up your own home, there are enormous savings to be made by buying your furniture second hand. And personally, I buy a lot of clothes from eBay, which has never caused me any problems. The items I’ve bought have always been bargains, and always been clean and in good condition. But you can always wash things, and they’ve rarely been worn usually anyway! I buy tonnes of dresses on eBay for 99p, just search prices low-high to get items in ascending price order. And if they don’t fit, it’s not a big deal, as you haven’t wasted much, and can usually sell them on for a profit. And have you seen my amazing carboot sale buys?!
  12. Returning items – I used to have a friend that thought it was weird and a bit tacky to return items that didn’t fit her to the shop. So she didn’t return the items, and just never wore them! I don’t really understand why, as almost every high street store will accept returns no problem. So please, if you decide when you get home an item isn’t really for you, or it doesn’t fit, just return it! Some places like New Look can be a bit difficult when returning sale items, but they will usually give you credit to spend on something else instead. There’s no point keeping something you wont wear. I see loads of stuff new with tags going on eBay which is this season. I always wonder why they don’t just return them! Even if you’ve lost your receipt, ask the shop if you can get a credit note instead. 
  13. Freebies – Check out websites like Magic Freebies that list daily freebies that can be sent straight to your door, or a voucher can be printed off. This can allow you to try a product for free, before spending money on the product.
  14. Competitions – I’ve given you tips on how to find and win competitions before, but if you can win stuff rather than buy it, you’re saving money! I’ve not had to buy myself an iPad, a smartphone, and many dresses and cosmetics due to winning them instead!
  15. Upcycling – You can see some of my DIY projects on my blog, but it can save you money if you already have an item, and it just needs repairing or revamping. Don’t throw things away such as wooden furniture, no matter now darkly stained or unstylish you think it is. It can almost always be sanded down to its natural colour and then painted and styled to make it as new again. Also, always repair your clothes if buttons etc have popped off! 
  16. DIY – Similar to the above, if you often splash out on things like haircuts, manicures, decorators, car washes etc.. Do It Yourself! I trim my hair myself and take care of it using bargain hair oils and treatment. I even colour it myself and it’s in better condition than ever! Manicures can be done at home, and I’m sure you could paint your own wall and wash your car? Or we have a wee little lad down the road that offers car washes in summer for £1 (his prices have gone up from 50p! Genius!). If there’s something you pay others to do, such as make a birthday cake, it can often be cheaper and more fun to do it yourself!
  17. Going out – Probably a lot of people spend a fair portion of their wages on entertainment and going out in the evenings and weekends. If you go out to eat often, check out restaurant vouchers for super cheap meals! You can often find 2 for 1 vouchers, or special priced menus if you go during the week. And when you go out on a night out, know what you will have to pay for taxis, and then only take out a set amount to spend on drinks. If you take out all your money, you will probably spend it.
  18. Borrowing – Don’t get sucked into borrowing money from payday loans unless you’re really desperate. Ask your bank for an overdraft agreement if you must, but make sure you know the fee’s and charges that apply. Also, don’t lend money to your friends and family if they are not reliable enough to pay it back. If they often want to borrow, make sure they pay it back before you lend more!
  19. Save the change – At the end of each week or so, empty out your purse. If you’re anything like me you will have about 50p in change (1p, 2p, & 5p’s). Try putting this money into a jar or piggy bank, then go back to it once its full and take it to one of those change counting machines at the supermarkets. I recently emptied my piggy bank and it had £14 in it!! You can then withdraw that as cash, after they have taken a small commission from it. Don’t throw your pennies away.. keep them! 
  20. Don’t spend it all on payday – It’s nice to treat yourself once in a while, but don’t all your spend money just because you’ve been paid. People can find themselves out of money halfway through the month because they overspent, so don’t get caught out and spend sensibly.
  21. Buy a cheaper brand –  Sometimes, you don’t always need to buy the finest quality brand when a cheaper alternative is available of the same thing. Whether it’s nail polish, beer, or baked beans, you should try other brands to see if they offer better value for money.
  22. Birthdays/Chirstmases – This is a time when you may need to dip into your savings slightly, so it’s nice to know you have money saved up incase you need it! But I also suggest buying things throughout the year for family members and close friends if you don’t give eachother strict ‘to buy’ lists. You may see something perfect for them on special offer in August, so why not buy it and save money and keep it somewhere safe until Christmas day! It saves on the last minute Christmas shopping stress too.
  23. Holidays – If you’re going abroad, check out where the cheapest places are to change your Sterling into foreign currency. Some places offer low rates and charge a commission on top, so search online to find better rates and no commission to pay. And don’t forget to book cheap travel insurance, I’ve got it for as low as £7 for a whole year before! 
  24. Phones and Bills – If you pay your own bills for things like energy, make sure that you’re being charged correctly and that you’re on the cheapest tariff. For your mobile, you can download apps which add up your data, call, and text useage. You can then compare it to your tariff allowances and you can see if you’re overpaying for a phone you don’t use as much as you could. When it comes to your renewal date, check around for a better value offer. Also, do you really need Sky TV these days? Freeview has so many channels, that paying £40 a month for a few extra channels seems a bit outrageous. 
  25. Make a little extra –  If you’re talented in anything, such as making your own jewellery, mending clothes, or even washing cars, then why not sell yourself and pocket a little extra cash on the weekends and evenings! Every little helps.
  26. Benefits – This is a bit of a touchy subject to some, but if you’re on a low income or unemployed you’re likely to be entitled to some form of benefit. If you’re entitled, there’s no reason for you not to claim these. Even if you’re only out of work for a few weeks, you could receive over £50 a week just in Job Seekers Allowance, and could possibly have your rent paid for. If you’re on a low income (and over 25) working tax credits can hugely boost your income. Have a look at the benefits calculator to see if you’re entitled.

These tips may all make me sound like a stingy old witch, but I haven’t got any debts (except student loans.. weep), enjoy my cheap goodies, and have only recently found a ‘proper’ paid job which I am using to save towards my future. So I think to be honest I save quite a large amount of money by following these little steps everyday, which add up to a fair amount. Like I said, I’m no expert on money, but I just though I’d share my top tips 🙂 I was going to be writing this post anyway as an update to my previous one, but also this is an entry into 30 Ways to Save £1!

I know that saving money isn’t at the top of every young persons mind, but I think every one would like to have more spare change, and I hope you find my tips useful 🙂 Let me know if you have any others! 

I mentioned in my last carboot sale post in June that I was waiting for my local one to be relocated to a better field. It was finally moved to the big field in June, and so I held a carboot sale stall of my own. I made a crazy amount of money, almost £200 from selling my old stuff. It was mostly shoes, clothes, and some make up, sold for 50p or £1 each. I sold a lot of stuff and I was really pleased with my earnings for the day! The weather was reasonable, it started off sunny but then the rain arrived at about 12pm so we packed up and left! You can check out my past carboot sale hauls here.

Anyway, I also made a few bargain purchases on my latest carboot sale visits…

I’m in love with this, which I’ve been wearing as a kimono, but it’s actually a plus size sheer blouse. I bought it for only 50p and it’s perfect for throwing on over plain outfits. I really love the loose fit and lovely floral print. 
This all-in-one top is originally from Topshop and was also 50p. I think it will look nice in winter with a skater skirt! 
I already have one of these cute little ceramic birdies which I bought from Wilko a few years back. But I saw another for only 50p so now I have a pair of lovebirds!

I always seem to find Soap and Glory items for sale at carboot sales. I’ll only buy them if they’re new/full and one lady had loads of new stuff for only £1.50 each! I resisted and just bought the body butter and body scrub, and also a body wash from someone else for only 50p. 
I couldn’t resist this cute handpainted floral plate for 50p! I love the turquoise colour around the edge. Will be lovely to put cakes on!
These wooden Sass & Belle coat hooks were new with tags for only £1 each (RRP £9 each)! I love the pretty colours and pattern on the hearts, I just need to find a place to put them now! 
These little No. 7 bottles of eye make up remover and cleanser were only 50p each, great for taking on travels!
These Models Own glitter nail polishes were still wrapped in the clear cellophane, and were only £1 each! Love the red shade.
And finally, although not from the carboot sale, I bought this amazing floral trio tea set from the charity shop for only £6! It’s 18 pieces, so six trio sets, and it’s in immaculate condition! Perfect for tea parties!

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 Since my last carboot sale post I’ve been to three more bootsales and have found a few more nice bargains! I’ve seperated it into two posts, so this one is the general buys and the next post will be the clothing items I found. So here’s what I’ve picked up…

At the end of the Bank Holiday boot sale there was a man with a van full of rubbish that had it all strewn out all over the floor, and he said everything was 50p each. I found all these bits seperately from eachother and he let me have the whole lot for £1! It’s an English maker and is painted with pretty purple posies. I got three cake plates, two saucers, three tea cups, and a milk jug!

This is one of my favourite films, Bride Wars, and this DVD was 50p.

I try not to go on about it too much, but I’m Eminem obsessed. I already had this album but lost it so bought another copy to listen to in my car! Only 50p.

I picked up this Kirsties Homemade Home hardback book from a seller who was selling a load of old tat, but I found this in a box and they let me have it for 50p! It’s RRP is £20 and it was released in 2010 so is quite new and is in perfect condition. 
This isn’t for me, but my parents have been redecorating their bedroom and needed a new simple wooden bedside table, and I spotted this and it was only £6 and is made from solid, unfinished pine in great condition!

If you never bought these cheap cushions from Ikea then you missed out! They are the most comfortable things EVER! I affectionately called my old one my ‘dribble pillow’ and it ended up being a disgusting shade of grey after being washed so many times. These ones were brand new and 50p each, which isn’t a huge bargain as I think they were only 80p in Ikea, but they don’t sell them anymore!

This little floral sugar bowl and milk jug set was only £1! I actually bought the same sugarbowl from a carboot sale last summer, but now I have two, and a jug!

This Soap and Glory make up case was 50p, although I’m not sure I needed it!

And finally, this set of number cutters for cake decorating were only 5p each, which is great because these sell for over a fiver online!
And that’s it for now, but soon I will do my carboot sale clothing bargains post! You can see all my carboot sale posts here.

I just wanted to say a big ‘hello’ to all of my new followers and readers! I thought I would introduce myself to those of you that don’t know much about me or my blog. It’s nice to do a personal post once in a while!
So, I am Victoria (or Vikki). I am 22, a university graduate and I live near Milton Keynes, in England. I graduated uni with a 2:1 BA Hons in Tourism Business Management, and I am currently working in a little cake shop. 
I am interested in all things vintage and shabby chic. I love cupcakes, florals, pretty dresses and anything nautical. I am also obsessed with tea cups, baking, and weddings. I’m love Cath Kidston too! So if you like pretty, girly things.. hopefully you will like my blog!
Victoria’s Vintage Blog started small in March 2010, I used it mainly as a place to collect photos that inspired me. As time went on, I started to use it as a little scrapbook of my life, posting more personal posts about myself. After gaining a sudden amount of followers I started posting a greater variety of articles, hoping to interest a wider audience, while still keeping it as my space. In summer 2011 I spent 3 months working in Disney World Florida so some posts about that on here too 🙂
My blog is mainly centred on the following topics: Fashion, Beauty, Nails, Bargains, My Shopping Hauls, DIY, Baking, and my Competition Wins.
I love fashion and beauty, and I often post reviews on my blog about new products that I have tried out, or do Outfit of the Day posts showing what I’ve worn. My style is very feminine and I only ever wear dresses or skirts! I keep my make up minimal and classical too. I have also just grown my nails, which has been a massive achievement for me as I used to chew them to the bottom! So now I do a few nail art posts too which I find lots of fun! 
I’m very thrifty and a bargain hunter when it comes to fashion so all my buys are always purse friendly. I don’t tend to splash out very often, and I like to rummage to find bargains on eBay, at carboot sales, and in charity shops. If you’re looking at finding ways to save your pennies, hopefully my blog will give you plenty of ideas on where to find good deals. 
I’m also really into DIY projects and baking. Cakes are a big passion of mine, and I love to bake and decorate (and eat!) cakes and cupcakes. I also pick up old, second-hand things from boot sales and give them a DIY overhaul to make them look like new again. This usually just means giving them a lick of paint and then sticking girly bits on!
I enter competitions online on a daily basis, and therefore I often have parcels arriving for me with some free goodies! I think that ‘comping’ is a hobbie that more people should definitely partake in. The results of this hobby are easily visible! In less than 3 years I’ve won almost £7000 worth of prizes. Most of the prizes have been fantastic such as designer clothes, a weekend away, and new electrical items. People tell me that my blog posts on my prizes have inspired them to start entering competitions themselves, and they have won things too!
If you need to know anything else about me or the blog, just leave a comment or get in touch. Don’t forget to follow me on Twitter and like my Facebook page!
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