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Ten Frugal Things About Autumn

10 Frugal Things about Autumn

Autumn is one of my favorite seasons. I love the cool down period and the beautiful burst of colors on everything. The crisp air just creates a ton of memories for me!

I also love that Autumn is bountiful in not only the harvest, but so many ways to use the season in a frugal way from everything from food to home décor.

Ten frugal Things About Autumn 

10 Frugal Things about Autumn 1. Canning

 Did someone say canning? Canning is the one big money saver of the year in Autumn. If you didn’t grow a garden this year, you can still can when you stock up on cheap produce from your local farmer’s market.

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 2. Crafts

With the leaves falling, there are endless crafts you can do with leaves. Scour Pinterest and you will find a plethora on how to use nature’s free craft supply in numerous ways.

 3. Back-To-School sales

Back to school sales are great for school supplies that you might need immediately, but you can save on office supplies and even school supplies needed throughout the year and into next year by buying the best deals in larger quantities. If you have a child who loves to craft, you may be able to get a holiday present or two for really cheap months in advance, as well.

 4. Fall Fares on Plane tickets and hotels

If you didn’t get to go on a vacation this summer, fall fares on planes and in hotels are often much cheaper as the weather gets cooler. Plan to do a weekend getaway on the cheap in September or October and you may get to enjoy some semi-warm weather on your trip.

 5. Clothing is cheaper

It is dirt cheap this time of the year. Jeans are often 30-50% off so that stores can get ready for the huge stock of back to school items coming in. Also, get great deals on summer clothes for next year. Many items that are “summer” can be used year round including polos, t-shirts,  and skirts.

6. Outdoor Gear

Get very low cost outdoor gear this season. Patio furniture and lawnmowers will be slashed in price as will BBQs. You can also get shrubs and trees at huge discounts.

7. Car Sales 

If you are in the market for a new car, Fall is your season to save. Car lots are making room for next year’s models and most have large discounts that can save you thousands.

 8. Apples

It’s no secret that apples are in season in the Fall and if you know how to make your own apple butter or apple sauce, you can make enough for the year by visiting an orchard that allows picking on the cheap. Also, watch the paper and Craigslist. Many times, there is such an over-abundance they offer some for free!

Frugal things to do in Fall

9. Coupons

  Autumn brings great coupons out and available. You can save and stock up on pantry items for the months to come by getting your hands on coupons for snacks, lunchbox favorites, canned goods and so on.

 10. Electronics

Don’t forget how low you can get electronics. Laptops and desktops as well as tablets go down as stores try to entice college students to buy as well as many cell phone companies offer great deals on service packages

What are the  frugal things that YOU are planning to do this  fall? 

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    Deb
    10 September, 2013 at 9:12 am

    I love autumn! We go apple picking every year at our local orchard, and we have so much fun! Thank you for the article!
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    Ashley
    10 September, 2013 at 9:37 am

    Fall is my favorite, favorite, favorite! This list just makes me love it even more!
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    Becky
    10 September, 2013 at 9:43 am

    Good point about electronics!! I think people forget!
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    Brandie
    10 September, 2013 at 9:51 am

    Stopping by from SITS – those are some great tips that I’ve never even thought about. Thanks for sharing:)!
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    Xiomara @ Parkesdale
    10 September, 2013 at 9:53 am

    My birthday is in September, so the sales rack at my favorite clothing stores always call my name in the Fall!
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    Missy Homemaker
    10 September, 2013 at 12:23 pm

    Oh how I <3 fall!! Great tips on how to save money this beautiful season.
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    Rob
    10 September, 2013 at 12:57 pm

    I am good with what you are saying, except the leaves do not clean up themselves.. thats probably the only thing i do not like about the fall..

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      Momless Mom
      10 September, 2013 at 1:00 pm

      Haha Rob! I completely agree 🙂

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    Dana
    10 September, 2013 at 12:59 pm

    Great tips! For years I’ve taken advantage of the clothing sales during the fall.
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    Surrealsister Photog
    10 September, 2013 at 1:01 pm

    Great information, I had no idea Autumn offers so many sales! I will be looking out and taking many of these suggestions!

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    Dov Shapira
    10 September, 2013 at 1:21 pm

    We are having below normal temperatures here in Arizona and it feels so good.
    I’d go for 2013 new car now if I could.
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    Kelly
    10 September, 2013 at 1:30 pm

    This is when I always get new patio furniture.. I always get it for 60 to 75% off..

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    cindy b
    10 September, 2013 at 1:31 pm

    Clothing IS cheaper! I love that! I always do lots of shopping this time of year! Thanks so much for sharing!
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    TJ Sims
    10 September, 2013 at 1:39 pm

    I was actually planning on making quite a bit of applesauce. My daughter loves it and we have been buying it every week! It would really save us some $$ if I made it!!

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    Meli
    10 September, 2013 at 1:49 pm

    Thanks for the reminder and the great ideas. Now’s the time to get a few things that have been “on hold”.

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    Menopausal Mother
    10 September, 2013 at 1:50 pm

    I LOVE fall! Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday–I love the pumpkins, the smell of cinnamon in the air, and how things cool down here in south Florida!
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    Savannah-Lin Dofa
    10 September, 2013 at 1:54 pm

    That is amazing to know about when Autumn comes around.. I did not know any of those savings..

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    Anita Breeze
    10 September, 2013 at 2:40 pm

    Many more reasons to love Fall! My favorite thing of course is the color and I wish I was back East during the fall to see the show of color there. These are great tips and reminders of all that Fall has to offer us.
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    Amber
    10 September, 2013 at 3:22 pm

    I so love all the sales! I definitely take advantage of those!
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    Don Purdum
    10 September, 2013 at 4:01 pm

    Go to inexpensive high school football games and make pumpkin pies.
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    Trista
    10 September, 2013 at 4:26 pm

    I LOVE fall and the decorations!
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    Irene S.
    10 September, 2013 at 9:10 pm

    I love autumn too. We have gotten in to canning so I am sure we will be picking a lot of fruit and canning jams and jellies.

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    Yvonne Brown
    10 September, 2013 at 9:43 pm

    I love the coupons that come with Fall!

    Yvonne B.

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    Tracy @ Using Time Wisely
    10 September, 2013 at 11:35 pm

    Autumn is my favorite season. In fact, I already brought out my fall decor and have finished burning one pumpkin spice candle and working on my second.

    Our family enjoys wandering through a corn maze, taking in a football game, visiting a pumpkin patch, and taking a hayride at one of the many Fall Festivals.

    The cooler weather is coming, and I’ll enjoy curling up with my blanket, watching football, and basking in the aroma of my pumpkin candle. Happy celebrating fall!
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    Deborah
    11 September, 2013 at 12:45 am

    Seems like the opposite is true for hotel prices in Arizona. As the weather cools off, the prices go up. I’d love to learn how to can. I’m going to look for a class so I can make homemade canned goods for the holidays.

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    Toia B.
    11 September, 2013 at 1:43 am

    I’m always up for a good sale! I think I’ll be taking advantage of these. Not having been in school for years and not having kids, I’ve forgotten about the great deals out there around this time. Thanks for sharing!
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    Malia
    11 September, 2013 at 2:34 am

    Love the back-to-school sales!
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    Daniele Holmberg
    11 September, 2013 at 2:43 am

    I love this post! As a deals fanatic I am always looking for new ways to save:) Thank you for your savvy list of ways to be frugal in autumn:)
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    Sharm's Outlet
    11 September, 2013 at 5:50 am

    So true about Fall…
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    Julie @ Growing Days
    11 September, 2013 at 10:20 am

    I grow several organic gardens, so last year I canned like crazy! I also dehydrated the shiitake mushrooms I grew, because we had too many to use fresh. It was so easy, and they’re fabulous. (Plus, they’re quite pricey in the stores.) We went on our first visit for the season to the apple orchard on Labor Day, but we’ll return several times as other varieties are ready to pick. I’ll also buy a ton to turn into applesauce. It’s so easy and delicious! Love preserving summer treats to pull out on a chilly winter day.

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    Foodie in WV
    11 September, 2013 at 12:47 pm

    Autumn is my favorite season, I love it! I agree with #1 completely. I love canning and it saves so much money during the year!
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    Sarah
    11 September, 2013 at 3:11 pm

    It’s still over 90 here but I’m looking forward to turning off the AC and opening some windows! I don’t can, but may next year. We’ve had an eventful year and let the garden slide, so there isn’t much to do anything with. #5 reminds me, dd has outgrown all her long pants. I should take her shopping before it gets too cool for her to go out in shorts.
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    Angel Burch
    11 September, 2013 at 3:31 pm

    LOL, I was thinking last night as the air conditioner in the living room kicked on – “when did it get so cold at night?” My frugal, couponing mind convinced my body to get up and turn it off. Then at 9 AM this morning I was thinking, “why did I do that? we are melting!” Ya gotta love living in Texas haha.
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    Carla
    11 September, 2013 at 7:53 pm

    Not a big fan of back to school, as I miss my kids. But I do love the colors and smells of autumn. Halloween is my favorite holiday followed closely by Thanksgiving. I just hate that it has to end with the onset of cold winter.
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    sheena
    11 September, 2013 at 8:02 pm

    im really excited about autumn this is the first autumn without my mom but im interested in learning how to do canning and be able to take my photography to a new level with free scenic backdrops 🙂

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    Teressa Morris
    12 September, 2013 at 1:38 am

    Apples are one of my favorite parts of fall. We are going to Apple Hill next weekend to go apple picking and I can’t wait!!
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    Modern Gypsy
    12 September, 2013 at 9:33 am

    I love fall! It lasts here for a very short while, but it’s beautiful to look at the gorgeous colors 🙂
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    MonicaOnMoney
    12 September, 2013 at 10:27 am

    Fall is my favorite time of the year! The weather is great and there are tons of deals on shopping 🙂 Great point about the back to school sales too.
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    Liz
    12 September, 2013 at 7:28 pm

    Before my kids were in school, Sept/Oct were my favorite times to travel. We did Disney one Sept and there were absolutely NO lines. Best time to travel in my opinion.

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    Gina
    12 September, 2013 at 8:51 pm

    You’re so right! I always do #3, and stock up on inexpensive art supplies to use for birthday gifts for my kids’ friends. I wrap them up in a dollar store bin personalized for the recipient and it always goes over well. I also get lots of art supplies to get my kids through the year.

    I love baking in the fall, adding apple and pumpkin to everything!
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    Carrie
    12 September, 2013 at 11:08 pm

    Great tips! October is my favorite month. I love Fall!

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    Shan
    13 September, 2013 at 6:52 am

    What a sweet and helpful blog. I LOVE Autumn so much because of the beautiful scenery, comfortable weather but also for the reasons you mentioned here. It IS such a fun time to make crafts from God’s amazingly beautiful creation and it gets me wanting to cook and bake more so those coupons and savings come at a wonderful time.
    blessings to you,
    Shan
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    Glenda
    13 September, 2013 at 9:21 am

    Great List! I love the crafting idea with leaves, have got to try it. My nine year old is craft obsessed I’m sure we can create wonderful things, thanks for the tip!
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    Vee
    13 September, 2013 at 12:22 pm

    I love fall too. I actually did can some of our cherry tomatoes a few weeks ago because they just put on so many, we couldn’t eat them all. I would usually freeze them but decided to can some. Made salsa with one batch, should be good this winter.
    It’s the middle of September and I already have my fall decorations out!! Yes, I love fall.
    If you check out my website, you can see my fall pumpkins made out of 4×4’s. 🙂

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    masha
    13 September, 2013 at 4:25 pm

    I’m going to can for the first time this year! 🙂 I also want to make batches of apple sauce and butter because I see them in a lot of recipes but they aren’t sold where I live.
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    Julie
    14 September, 2013 at 3:09 am

    My sister and I always make a point to shop for summer clothing in the fall to save money. I’m always surprised that not many people take advantage of these sales.
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    Colette
    14 September, 2013 at 5:29 am

    I think I shall mostly be being frugal by hibernating!
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    Renee@Addicted2saving.com
    15 September, 2013 at 8:08 pm

    Fall is the cheapest time to travel to the Caribbean! It is hurricane season, but we have cruised many times during this season and have never run into bad weather. Places like Bermuda and Aruba are also outside the “hurricane belt”, so your odds are good there. Cruises can usually steer away from hurricanes if trouble is in sight, and the cost savings is significant!
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    Dawn
    16 September, 2013 at 12:53 am

    Thank you for sharing these fabulous fall tips. My kids enjoyed going to a corn maze last year and are wanting to return again this year. This year we may even take the hay ride they offer at the corn maze.
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    Mary
    16 September, 2013 at 9:08 am

    Great tips, fall is my favorite season, love shopping at best prices! I love travel is so cheap. Thanks for sharing with us your ideas! 😉
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    Isabelle Goyer
    16 September, 2013 at 12:29 pm

    I like Autumn too and would like it even more if it didn’t remind me that winter is coming!! Hehe!! The frugal things that I plan to do? Well… doing everything I can! I cook from scratch, make my own skin care and cleaning products… I think I’m saving a lot so far 🙂

    Thank You for your tips!
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    Heather @ Work from Home with Kids
    16 September, 2013 at 3:19 pm

    Your tips are great! I recently picked up a book on canning and am thinking of getting into that… maybe! 🙂
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    Lindsey Whitney
    16 September, 2013 at 3:33 pm

    Thanks for all the tips. I had no idea that plane tickets were cheaper this time of year. I usually try to visit my best friend once a year (flying) – – maybe I’ll start planning it for Sept/Oct. Thanks!
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    Angela Bickford
    17 September, 2013 at 12:00 am

    LOVE fall! Not so much to be frugal, but just for the pumpkin spice everything and for the holidays that come with it. 🙂 Great list!
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    Pam
    17 September, 2013 at 10:44 am

    Love autumn. It is my favorite season too. I recently did a post with my favorite fall activities – many of which are FREE: http://behealthybehappywellness.com/2013/09/ready-for-some-fall-fun/
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    Jamie C
    17 September, 2013 at 10:58 am

    Hiking. I love the fall colors!
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    Kate Sanders
    17 September, 2013 at 12:53 pm

    Autumn is the best right? Cozy boots, warm drinks and coupons! Who could ask for more?? I’m ready to get into the fall/winter events and decorating! Thanks for a great post 🙂
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    Liss Lovejoy
    17 September, 2013 at 1:30 pm

    Fall brings festivals and craft fairs. I look forward to this time of year. Foliage is beautiful and there is allot going on to see and do that doesn’t break the bank. Great tips.
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    Rachel
    17 September, 2013 at 2:46 pm

    I love the fall too but often forget about the extra money saving deals this time of year. Excellent reminders. I also needed the encouragement to tackle my first round of canning. What better way than to begin with apples?!! Thank you! 🙂

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    sara
    17 September, 2013 at 7:10 pm

    Fall is also my fav time of year. I love the fall fruits and vegetables. I just made a peach cobbler last week and it was yummy and warm – feels like fall to me.

    I usually spend this season heading up to a place called Apple Hill. We shop the local farms and stock up on apples. I then do a bake-a-thon of all things apple and freeze for future meals.

    Fall is also the time I plan all my holiday gifts. I usually have to make them because income is tight but I also enjoy crafting so preparing things in advance helps make November and December stress free and family focused.
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    Stephanie
    17 September, 2013 at 7:53 pm

    I love autumn too! Great tips for saving money this time of year. We planned a family vacation for the end of September. Not only because of the cheaper costs, but since all the public school kiddos are back in school we, as a homeschool family, can take our vacation break when most families are staying home and avoid the summer crowds.
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    Tiki
    17 September, 2013 at 9:28 pm

    Apartments are cheaper during the fall. If someone is looking to move, it is the best time of the year b/c prices drop. I’ve only moved during this time to save money.

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    Arianne
    17 September, 2013 at 11:41 pm

    Fall is my absolute favorite time of year. I love the crisp chill in the air, the beautiful color palette nature presents to us, and you’re right, I tend to be more inspired to find frugal decorating and entertaining solutions during this season. Thanks for the great post!

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    Michelle
    18 September, 2013 at 4:18 pm

    Love this list! Autumn is my favorite season also. One of our favorite activities is to visit the apple orchard in our area. It’s free to visit, you just have to pay for the apples you pick. It’s beautiful, the air is so refreshing, and best of all it’s free!
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    Ashely
    18 September, 2013 at 8:07 pm

    I love Fall as well!!! Especially the weather because it’s not too cool and not too warm, it’s perfect! Time for Fall clothes and cute boots!! I also use this time to purchase summer clothes for next year!!

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    Yona
    18 September, 2013 at 8:22 pm

    Autumn is my absolute favorite season – I love the weather. I didn’t know that cars were cheaper in the fall, I will have to keep that in my memory bank. I will also enjoy taking advantage of fall fares for travel…I am overdue for a mini-vacation.
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    Stephanie @ CrayonMarks&TigerStripes
    19 September, 2013 at 12:08 am

    Fall is my FAVORITE!! I just got into canning and I am planning to go to the apple orchard this fall with my little boy. I love everything about fall, from the food, to the crafts, to the cool weather. It is the best season!!
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    Jasmine
    19 September, 2013 at 12:24 am

    I’m all about canning. My parents swear that October is the best month to buy a new car. Thanks for sharing. CARPE DIEM

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    Meagan Paullin
    19 September, 2013 at 3:22 pm

    These are such great ideas – some I wouldn’t have thought of! We grow a lot of our own produce, so this is definitely canning season for us. Thanks for all of the tips 🙂
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    Ruby Showalter
    22 September, 2013 at 9:51 am

    Oh just reading this makes me happy!! Fall is my favorite season and my only complaint is that it doesn’t last longer! 🙁 I love the tips! I’d be happy to get some outdoor furniture if I can find a great bargain. I did most of my canning and freezing, including applesauce! My only wish yet is to make homemade ketchup!

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    Jamie
    27 August, 2015 at 7:17 pm

    Great tips!! There are always things during different times of the year that you can save on, and do as a family to not spend a lot!! Love it!
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