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7 Easy Ways to Earn Amazon Gift Cards

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Looking for easy ways to earn Amazon gift cards for FREE? Check out this list of fun ideas!

How to Earn Free Amazon Gift Cards

7 Ways to Earn Amazon Gift Cards for FREE

When you’re on a really tight budget, sometimes even $5-$10 per month can help stretch your budget so much further. And that’s why Amazon can be a budgeter’s best friend.

There are SO many different ways to earn free Amazon gift cards and Amazon carries just about anything you can think of!

So that means you can use Amazon gift cards to stretch your grocery or household supplies budget, to afford diapers, to buy gifts for others on a really tight budget, or even to just buy something nice for yourself that you’ve really been wanting and can’t make room for in the budget!

These are my favorite ways to earn Amazon gift cards. And while you may not earn hundreds of dollars from each, you’ll find that you can easily earn at least $5-$10 per month from each of these — and that really adds up if you try to regularly use at least 2-3 of these methods!

1. Swagbucks

Swagbucks is my all-time favorite way to earn Amazon gift cads and I’ve been using it for years now.

It is a site that rewards you for completing tasks and doing certain actions online. When you complete a task, you’ll earn points called swagbucks that you can cash in for free gift cards.

Some of the more popular ways to earn are doing online searches, signing up for offers, printing coupons, completing special offers, and taking polls.

Go here to read our complete guide on how to earn swagbucks.

Earn Amazon Gift Cards with Shopkick

2. Shopkick

Shopkick is a mobile app that allows you to earn gift cards for walking into stores and scanning products.

The best part of Shopkick is that you don’t have to buy anything to earn the gift cards, and it can be done when you’re already out and about!

Shopkick is one of the easiest and quickest ways to earn Amazon gift cards — especially if you’re frequently out running errands or shopping.

You can go here to read an in-depth review about how it works.

Also, you can currently get a FREE $5 gift card just for signing up!

3. Ibotta

Ibotta is one of my favorite money-making apps, and it’s a great way to save money on groceries and more — without clipping coupons!

Simply look in the Ibotta app to find rebates for grocery items you’re buying and scan your receipts to get credit.

Earnings add up pretty fast and you can cash out at $20. It’s a super easy way to earn Amazon gift cards for your grocery purchases.

Go here to read more about how to get started with Ibotta.

Trade in coins for gift cards at Coinstar

4. Coinstar

Do you have any loose change lying around? Gather it up and take it to your nearest Coinstar kiosk!

You can trade in your coins for Amazon gift cards without any transaction fee. It’s super simple.

I did this last year right before Christmas and had $208 in coins! I traded them in for an Amazon gift card and used it to buy Christmas gifts!

Go here to find a Coinstar location near you.

5. InstaGC

InstaGC is a site that is similar in nature to Swagbucks. I’ve tried it out a little bit in the past and liked it, and several readers have commented with rave reviews about it!

You can earn points for simple activities like taking surveys, watching videos, searching the web, and shopping online.

They have tons of gift cards you can trade in points for — including Amazon gift cards!

Go here to get started with InstaGC.

PrizeRebel Survey

6. PrizeRebel

PrizeRebel is another site that seems very similar to Swagbucks. I’m actually testing this one out right now and plan to do a full review in the near future!

It’s mostly surveys and video based from what I can tell, but they also have opportunities to sign up for free offers and do special tasks to earn points.

I’d suggest focusing on watching videos and taking their longer surveys. I seem to be getting multiple opportunities per day to take surveys worth 77 points!

Go here to get started with PrizeRebel.

7. Survey Companies

While you won’t get rich or earn a full-time income from taking paid online surveys, it is a really nice way to earn gift cards on the side!

This was one of my favorite ways to stretch our financially lean budget when Jesse was in law school.

Go here to see my list of the top legitimate paid online surveys you can trust.

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Can you think of any other creative ways to earn Amazon gift cards? I’d love to hear in the comments!

The Best Summer Jobs for Teens

Looking for ideas for summer jobs for teens? I’ve compiled some of my favorite ideas to help you get your creative wheels turning!

You might also be interested in 5 Work-at-Home Jobs for Beginners and Over 40 Different Income-Earning Ideas.

Summer Jobs for Teens

Summer Jobs for Teens

Recently, a follower asked me if I had any ideas for some good summer jobs for teens. I asked my Facebook followers for their suggestions and they did not disappoint.

You can read the entire post with over 200+ comments here. I’ve picked some of what I felt like were some of the best summer jobs for teens submitted.

Hopefully this list will at least give you some ideas if you’re looking for some great summer jobs for your teen (or jobs they can do year-round!)

1. Tutor

Of all the suggestions submitted, this one was the top one suggested! Michelle said: “Tutor!!! Summer us great time to offer reading tutoring. There are lesson plans out there and it is a great way to make $$$.”

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2. Teach Music Lessons

Andrea says: “My friend’s teenage daughter was an accomplished piano player by the time she was in high school and gave lessons as her ‘after school job’ to young kids/beginners. She taught my daughter for over a year. She did her lessons at the children’s homes and it was perfect – she didn’t have to have a ‘studio’ of her own and none of us parents had to worry about shuttling our kids somewhere for lessons!!”

By the way, this was something I did as a teen. I taught violin to a number of different students and it was such a good learning and growing experience for me! Oh and parents especially love if you’re willing to drive to their house and teach the lessons!

3. Pet Sit/Walk Dogs

Geri said: “My daughters both did pet sitting in their teens. They sat for everything from boa constrictors and hissing cockroaches to dogs and cats. They even took care of goats, chickens, cows, horses and other livestock. Not a skill set every teen has, but they grew up on our farm caring for our animals.”

If you love animals, you could also consider working for your local vet. Shannon said, “As a teen, I worked for my local vet clinic cleaning cages, walking dogs, washing laundry, mopping floors, etc. That turned into occasional and then part-time admin work plus assisting vets on house calls as I was just available and willing to learn. Got to interact with so many people and their pets!”

4. Referee Sports Games

This is one that we’re looking into having Kathrynne possibly do. Camille said: “My kids referee soccer. They could take the class once they turned 12. It’s been a great experience for all 3 of mine. They are responsible for submitting their availability online, accepting games, and communicating with their assignor.”

Andrea said: “My 14-year-old and 12-year-old referee soccer games! They don’t have time to earn as much as a regular job, but my 14-year-old bought himself his own computer after just a couple months of work last summer.”

Tracy also posted and said: “My 15-year-old has been doing this for 2 years. It is pretty decent income for that age. Having thick skin to ignore the fans helps.”

5. Babysit (& clean a little, too!)

Of course you knew this one had to be on the list! But take note of Melissa’s tip: “Babysitting will absolutely pay the most. If she interacts with the children, does the dishes and tidies up the house she’ll be in more demand and will earn more.”

And Celena said: “I have a hard time finding sitters who do more than the bare minimum. When I babysat in college, I always got massive tips and had people calling me all the time. I never understood why until I hired my first babysitter and came home after a late night out to a super messy house, dinner dishes still in the sink, and the sitter on the couch on her phone. Argh.”

I 100% agree! Go above and beyond and leave the house cleaner than you found it and you will likely have more jobs than you can take!

6. Wash Windows

Danna commented: “I’m a merit badge counselor for Boy Scouts in Entrepreneurship. I recently taught a merit badge clinic and one of the boys in the clinic runs a very successful business. He’s 14 and he washes windows. He started on his own house and his neighbors’ houses when he was 11. He advertises using referrals and NextDoor.com to keep jobs close to his home. At 14 he has 2 employees and makes about $400 a weekend that he works.”

7. Teach Classes

Have a skill you are good at or passionate about? Consider teaching a class for younger kids!

Hollie suggested this and said: “My daughter and her friend started a cooking class for kids ages 7-12. They did the class 3 times a week for 45 min to 1 hour. Kids could do a week or all 6 weeks. Each day was a different recipe/technique. All recipes were mom approved. They had a good turnout and really enjoyed themselves.”

A Few Bonus Ideas

  • Sell things you get for free:My brother, last summer when he was 14, collected free things off of Facebook groups and Craigslist. He needed help from my mom to go collect the items, but when he got them home he cleaned them up and did his own yard sale/sold some things online. With the money he made, he was able to pay for a summer trip. He and my mom also like to do that by going to the thrift store. It’s amazing what you can find to resell. -Jaclyn”
  • Sell photos:Also, if she has access to a smart phone, she can take and upload her photos to an app called “foap.” People who want digital images (like for blogs or small businesses, etc.) can buy a license to use her photos she uploads. Foap splits the purchase 50/50 and generally each license is $10 so she’d earn $5 per license sold. If one photo sells 20 licenses, that’s $100 in her pocket. -Crystal”
  • Become a Lifeguard:My son got certified at the local YMCA and is a Life Guard. He is able to have a flexible schedule with school and the swim team. Works well for him. -Julie”

What other ideas for good summer jobs for teens would you add to this list?

Become a Postmates Driver to Earn Money!

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Looking for ways to earn extra income on the side? Become a Postmates Driver!

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Postmates Driver on Bicycle

What Is Postmates?

Postmates is a delivery company that originally started in 2011 in San Francisco.

Their goal is to be an on-demand delivery service for customers to locally order restaurant food, groceries, and more.

Customers simply order what they want through the Postmates mobile app and a Postmates delivery driver picks it up and delivers it to the customer.

Where is Postmates available?

Postmates encourages people to shop locally by partnering with local businesses.

Postmates is more popular in larger urban areas, such as San Francisco, Los Angeles, Miami, Seattle, New York City, Atlanta, Denver, Chicago, Las Vegas, and more.

But they have expanded to include smaller areas, too! You might be surprised to find that this service is available where you live! (I just checked and saw all kinds of restaurants available for delivery in my area!)

Female Postmates Drive Picking Up Food

How Much Can You Earn as a Postmates Driver?

It’s really easy to earn with Postmates!

You get paid for the pickup, delivery, and wait time on each order. And you get to keep 100% of what you earn from each completed delivery.

You can easily earn up to $22-$25 per hour as a Postmates driver, and that’s not including the tips you earn on top of your delivery earnings!

The best part? Being a Postmates driver is really flexible and you can set your own hours.

How Do You Become a Postmates Driver?

If you’re interested in earning some extra cash with Postmates, it’s super simple to become a Postmates driver!

Just go HERE and scroll down to click on the “Get Started” button.

Complete the simple sign-up process. There are only a few basic requirements:

  • Be at least 18 years of age.
  • Pass a basic background check.
  • Have a driver’s license and have access to an insured vehicle (or bicycle, if you prefer).

Once your identity is verified, you’ll be sent a Postmates delivery bag to get started right away!

Go here to sign up!

Want to learn how to make money on Etsy?

If you’ve ever wanted to figure out how to make money on Etsy, you will want to register for this class! You’ll learn how to get traffic to your shop, how to market your shop, and how to make sales!

How to Make Money on Etsy: Free Class!

Ever thought about setting up an Etsy shop? Don’t miss this opportunity!

Tomorrow night, I’m co-hosting a free online class with Lauren Keplinger. She is a wife, mom of three young kids, and very successful Etsy shop owner. Lauren is also passionate about helping other women learn how to set up a profitable Etsy shop!

The Etsy class will be held Tuesday, June 11, 2019 at 7 p.m. CST/8 p.m. EST. In this class, Lauren will teach you three behind-the-scenes secrets to being highly profitable on Etsy in 2019.

She’ll help you learn:

  1. How to Drive Traffic — How you can optimize your Etsy shop to drive traffic to your listings even while you sleep.
  2. The Secret to Converting Sales — Driving traffic is one thing, but how do you convert that traffic to actual sales so you can make money with your shop.
  3. How to Market Your Shop — Marketing your Etsy shop is not a matter of just putting up some listings and hoping for the best – it takes focused effort. Learn what works and what doesn’t as you scale your shop.

Yes! I Want to Make Money on Etsy!

Even if you feel like you’ve been thinking about starting an Etsy shop for years and you’re just too intimidated – by the technology, the marketing, and the competition… 2019 can be the year you finally take that leap and make it happen.

Whether you are a total newbie to the world of e-commerce or you’ve created an Etsy shop but are stalled without consistent sales, this workshop can be your ticket to a clear cut plan of action to get started building that flexible business you desire.

This Etsy Class is for you if…

  • You feel stuck (and discouraged) by your desire to build an Etsy shop and make it profitable but your lack of direction in how to get there.
  • You have opened your Etsy shop but haven’t seen the sales you were expecting, and you don’t know how to get seen.
  • You’re overwhelmed by the steps it takes to build a profitable online business – the technology, the marketing, the social media – and you need a clear cut plan that gets you from point A to point B.

With Lauren’s proven tips, you’ll be well on your way to Etsy success! I hope I’ll see you there!

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Earn Gift Cards with Shopkick!

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Have you been interested in trying Shopkick but you’re just not quite sure how it works or what it’s all about? If you’re looking for honest Shopkick reviews, this is your go-to post on all things Shopkick!

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Earn gift cards with the Shopkick app

My Honest Shopkick Review

If you’ve been really curious about Shopkick but you’re not sure how to get started, this post is for you!

The Shopkick app can be a little bit overwhelming to navigate when you first get started, so in this post I want to walk you step-by-step through everything you need to know to get started!

What is Shopkick?

Shopkick is an app that you can download to your mobile device and use to earn gift cards.

And the best part of Shopkick? You don’t even have to buy anything to earn gift cards!!

All you have to do is walk into stores and scan products (if you want to) — and it can be done when you’re already out and about running errands and doing your shopping.

Is Shopkick Legitimate?

Yes, Shopkick is 100% legitimate. I’ve been using Shopkick for a couple of years now and love it!

And many readers have commented in the past with positive Shopkick reviews, too! (See a couple of those reviews here and here.)

If you’re looking for a legitimate way to earn some extra gift cards without much extra effort, Shopkick is a really great app to try.

Earn Kicks in Shopkick

How Does Shopkick Work?

To get started with Shopkick, you simply download the app, turn on Bluetooth, and look under the “Earn” tab to see what kind of kicks are available at stores near you!

If you look in the photo above, you can see the three different symbols that represent the three different ways to earn: walk-in, scanning, or kick bates.

Many stores will give you “kicks” just for walking in! {Hint: Sometimes you don’t even have to walk all the way in. You can just walk by the store and you’ll earn your walk-in kicks!}

You can also earn kicks for scanning product barcodes — no purchase necessary! There are other ways to earn, such as purchasing products that offer “kick bates,” but I don’t bother with linking up my debit card to the account.

So that you don’t waste a lot of extra time, I recommend that you only Shopkick at stores that you’re already planning on shopping at or that you’re nearby when you have a few extra minutes to spare.

Kicks Center with gift cards

How Do I Redeem Kicks on Shopkick for Gift Cards?

It’s super easy to redeem your kicks for rewards in the Shopkick app. Just select which reward you want to try to earn kicks towards, and the app will let you know when it’s time to cash in! It’s SO simple.

And there are some great rewards to choose from, including Amazon, Starbucks, TJMaxx, Target, Walmart, Old Navy, Best Buy, Lowe’s, Macy’s, Barnes & Noble, and more!

When you’ve earned enough kicks to redeem for a reward, here’s what to do:

  1. Go to the “kicks center” in your app by clicking on your number of kicks at the top center of your screen.
  2. Click on the image of the gift card you’ve chosen as your reward.
  3. Click on “redeem kicks” at the bottom of the screen.
  4. (Or you can choose to “change goal” if you’d like to keep earning towards a higher valued gift card.)

You can find all of your rewards under the “my rewards” tab in the kicks center! When you’re ready to use one, just have the cashier scan the barcode of the gift card right from your Shopkick app!

Download the Shopkick app to earn gift cards

How Much Can You Realistically Earn With Shopkick?

Here’s the cool thing! By simply walking into stores and scanning products, you can easily earn at least one $5 gift card per week!

Shopkick is one of the quickest and easiest ways to earn gift cards of just about any app I’ve tried.

And you could choose to spend your smaller gift cards on splurges as you receive them OR save them up throughout the year to stretch your Christmas budget! (If you earn $5 per week, you’ll have almost $250 to use for Christmas gifts when December rolls around!)

And honestly? You can definitely earn more than that, but I like to keep it simple and not waste extra time. I only use Shopkick when I’m already out and about, shopping in a particular store, or have some extra time to kill. I never go out of my way to get kicks!

{And I’ve heard SO many Shopkick reviews from readers who report these similar earnings!}

Some Final Shopkick Tips

Here are just a few more tips to make you even more successful on your Shopkick adventures:

  • Walk-ins are often the most prevalent and highest in value on the weekends.
  • Pay special attention to the holiday weekends, because they often offer higher value bonus walk-in kicks on those weekends!
  • Consider getting a group of frugal-minded friends together for a fun, free afternoon of Shopkicking. It also gives you good exercise from walking around shopping centers!

Sign up here with Shopkick to get started.

What’s your experience with Shopkick? Leave your Shopkick reviews in the comments! I’d love to hear!

10 Tips for Having a Successful Garage Sale

Planning to have a garage sale soon? I’ve had a number of successful garage sales over the years and these are my top 10 garage sale tips!

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top 10 garage sale tips

Since I’m a minimalist at heart, I’ve always loved to declutter, go through old stuff, and purge what we no longer need.

Back in our law school days, I frequently had garage sales to earn a little bit of extra cash — because every little bit helped stretch our really tight budget during those financially lean years!

Since I’ve had SO many garage sales over the years, I’ve learned a lot about how to have a successful garage sale.

If you’ve been thinking about have a garage sale soon, here are my top 10 garage sale tips!

1. Collect clutter year-round.

Always have an ongoing Garage Sale stash you’re adding to.

Try to regularly declutter and purge what you don’t need. When you come across something you no longer need or use, stick it in a box! Once that box fills up, start another box! And another.

Without much effort at all, by the time your garage sale comes along, you’ll have multiple boxes of stuff you can sell!

I used to do this throughout the year and then have an annual garage sale each year. It made things super easy, because I already had everything in one place to sell. I didn’t have to spend days going through items and figuring out what to sell.

2. Have a plan.

A successful garage sale does not happen without organization.

At least a week before your garage sale, I recommend going through your home top to bottom and clearing out any last-minute clutter that’s not already in the garage sale boxes. At least 2-3 days before the sale, set aside an afternoon to price everything out and organize your items. And then the day before the sale, devote a few hours to final organization — advertising on Facebook Marketplace or Craigslist, getting some cash together for change, making signs, etc.

Do not wait until the last minute to pull off a garage sale. Either it will flop or you’ll run yourself ragged — or both. If you’re in a new location or you’re new to hosting a garage sale, I’d suggest that you start getting organized at least 3-4 weeks in advance.

planning notebook

Getting organized for a successful garage sale:

:: How are you going to display items? Do you need to borrow or make a clothes-rack?

:: Do you have enough table space? If not, check and see if you can borrow tables from friends or put together some makeshift tables out of plywood and boxes.

:: What signs will you be using and how many do you need? Where will you be displaying the signs to best direct traffic to your home? Drive the routes people will be using to find your home and decide on locations for your signs ahead of time.

:: Who is going to put the signs out the morning of the sale? Designate someone for this ahead of time and let them know specifically where to place the signs.

:: How much cash should you have on hand and how will you keep it in a safe location?

:: Do you need to purchase a license for running a garage sale in your area?

:: Do you have enough help?

3. Team up.

One of my top garage sale tips is that you should never do them alone! Find friends or family to team up with.

Not only does this arrangement mean you have a larger quantity and variety of items to sell, but it also means you have more help. Divvying up the responsibilities between 3 or 4 people makes a garage sale much more manageable.

Plus, it just makes it more fun when you’re doing it with friends and family!

4. Location, location, location!

If you want to have a garage sale that flops, pick a location that is off-the-beaten-path and hard to get to. That’s a surefire way to lose a lot of business.

Don’t live near a busy intersection? Look for alternative locations like the home of a friend or relative.

We always had really successful garage sales at our home in Kansas, because we lived right between two very heavily-trafficked streets. We put up some good signage and the crowds came!

5. Timing is everything (well, just about!).

I don’t advise planning a sale in the freezing cold Winter or the blazing hot Summer. Choose a time of the year when the weather will be very pleasant and try to check the weather forecast ahead of time to make sure rain is not expected when you’re planning your sale.

In addition, find out what days of the week are best for yard sales to run in your area. Fridays and Saturdays are usually really popular, but you’d be surprised to find that in some areas Thursdays are big days for garage sales!

circular peel and stick price tags

6. Clearly mark your prices.

It’s easy to want to just stick a big sign on a table saying that everything on that table is a quarter, but in the long-run it is much more efficient to go ahead and put price stickers on everything. Instead of having to make up prices on the spot, people will know exactly how much something is. In addition, some people are too shy to ask the price of an item, so you’ll lose a sale if an item isn’t marked.

I’ve found it’s worth paying the few dollars it costs to buy pre-priced stickers for most items. It makes things SO simple and fast!

I also recommend having a variety in pricing — with plenty of really inexpensive items. Often, when you have a lot of inexpensive items, people are more likely to pick up more items — and it will often help sell some of your larger-ticketed items in the long run!

{Tip: If you are running a garage sale with multiple families, just put initials on all the price tags so that you can keep a tally sheet of who sold what. And you can even have two people working the money table — one to keep track of the tally sheet and one to handle all of the money transactions.}

7. Price things to sell.

Of all my garage sale tips, this is one of the most important — and something that I have seen people miss the mark on time and time again with garage sales!

When people come to a garage sale, they are expecting to pay garage sale prices. Keep this in mind when you price your items.

While pricing can vary a bit depending on the area you live in, it’s really important to price things to sell. A good rule of thumb is to price things at what you feel would be a good bargain if you were buying that item at someone else’s garage sale.

And it’s better to price something on the low end and have someone actually buy my item, than to have 25 people pick up the item and put it back down on the table because it is too expensive.

garage sale sign

8. Advertise well.

The marketing of your sale is usually the number one factor in how well your sale does. You can have great items, great prices, and a great location — but if people don’t know how to get to your house or can’t find it on their own, you won’t have a successful garage sale!

So put some time and effort into making a number of quality, clearly-readable signs, and put them in conspicuous places that easily lead to your home. The brighter, bolder, and bigger the sign, the better!

And don’t forget to advertise on Facebook Marketplace or Craigslist! Both are free to advertise, so why not?! And remember — the more details you can put in your ad, the better. Mention specific items, brands, and sizes.

Often times people are searching for really specific items on Craigslist or Marketplace, so even if they’re not looking at garage sales, they might see one of your listed items pull up in their search! The more descriptive you can be in the listing and title, the better.

And be sure to use proper grammar and spelling, too. Sometimes it’s the little things that make a big difference!

9. Mark items down on the last day.

Things are usually pretty picked over by the last day of the sale. That’s the perfect opportunity to get creative and hand out rock-bottom bargains!

Consider making everything half-price on the last day. We even used to let people “Fill a Bag for a Buck” on the last day of our garage sales, and it was really effective! Sometimes we’d get rid of 25 bags of full stuff in just a few hours by doing this!

Or, if you have quite a bit of stuff left and feel ready to close up shop, you can give things away for free during the last hour of your garage sale.

lemonade stand

10. Don’t forget the cookies and lemonade!

This is one of my favorite garage sale tips! What better way to teach your children entrepreneurial skills and let them earn a little money in the process than to have them set up their own little cookie and lemonade stands at the sale?

Or, if it’s cold outside, try selling hot chocolate, coffee, and fresh cinnamon rolls. I remember we even set up a pancake griddle and sold hot pancakes one year! Everyone loved it.

Baked goods — like homemade cookies and bars — actually sell really well at garage sales. Sometimes you can make over $100 just from selling baked goods!

We also used to let Kathrynne run her own little toy table when she was younger. Everything was a penny and she had a great time interacting with customers and taking money. Best of all, it was a great learning experience for her! It was a chance for her to practice communicating with adults and learn the value of money!

What are you best garage sale tips? I’d love to hear in the comments!

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