★ Rockstar Giveaway: Mindful Budgeting Planner!

Posted February 15, 2017 6:00 am by with 63 comments

The Mindful Budgeting 2017 Planner

This is part of our weekly Giveaway series.
To see our previous giveaways, and who won them, click above!

If you’re a journal/diary/budgeting lover, you’re going to love what we’re giving away today. If you’re not, you’re still going to love it because you can instead give it to someone you love who will then turn around and love you back even more, creating a tidal wave of loveness! LOVE LOVE LOVE!

Haha… how many times can I say “love”? (10, apparently – if you include that last one.)

Up for grabs is the Mindful Budgeting 2017 Planner created by our very own Cait Flanders. After years of wishing something like this existed in the world, she went out and made it herself and included everything that’s helped her along her own financial journey so far.

You might recall it if you follow along our weekly Review Series here on the site (see: Rockstar Review: The Mindful Budgeting 2017 Planner), but here’s a quick snapshot of what it’s about:

Mindful Budgeting is a daily planner designed to help you track both your spending and your to-do’s, and make sure your monthly budgets align with your goals and values. It’s laid out somewhat like a course, in that there are things for you to do every day, week, month and quarter. It all starts with a unique motivational quote to give you something to think about before entering each new month.

The Mindful Budgeting 2017 Planner

And here are the features it includes:

  • Daily spending sheets, where you can track both your spending and your to-do list items
  • Full monthly calendars (with Canada/USA holidays)
  • Monthly budget templates
  • Space to do weekly check-ins and monthly reflections
  • Quarterly exercises to map out your goals and make sure your budget aligns with them
  • Spreadsheets to track both your debt repayment and savings progress
  • Spreadsheet to track the difference between your income vs. expenses
  • Twelve motivational quotes to inspire you
  • Instructions on how to use the planner daily, weekly, monthly and quarterly, and
  • The link to a closed Facebook group for people who are using the program.

Look like something that could help you or someone you know?

Tell us the last thing you bought down in the comments, and you’ll be entered to win a copy. But to make it fun, don’t just put “eggs – $4.55” – write it as if you were putting it in YOUR OWN journal, and you were also back to being 13 again. ;)

So instead your eggs entry might read – “Accidentally hit mom with the football and she dropped all her eggs. Had to hike to 7-eleven and waste my $5 I just got from mowing the neighbor’s lawn! But I did meet a cute girl there, so might have to break some more.”

Your turn :)

WINNER: Congrats to Jen D for winning this week’s giveaway! And fair warning to all – resin turns to hard concrete when it dries, be sure not to get it all over the place!

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PS: More info about the planner can be found here: Mindful Budgeting 2017 Planner

PPS: To see who won last week’s giveaway, click here.

Jay is the founder of Rockstar Finance, and blogs about money over at BudgetsAreSexy.com. He loves all things finance, coffee, and hip-hop, and is the proud daddy of two beautiful little boys!

63 responses to ★ Rockstar Giveaway: Mindful Budgeting Planner!

  1. Svenja February 15th, 2017 at 7:25 am

    Bought a rainbow colored tutu for my carnival costume, I’ll have to hide it from mom so I won’t get a lecture on how it is way too cold to wear in february!

    (I’m from germany, if you’re wondering what’s the matter with carnival :D hope I can still participate)

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    • J. Money February 21st, 2017 at 6:31 am

      Hahaha that’s awesome.

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  2. Aspiring PAW February 15th, 2017 at 7:53 am

    Went to buy my wife a Red Velvet cupcake for Valentine’s Day as that is her all time favorite sweet treat, but instead bought two as she is 7 months pregnant with our first child and I thought it would be nice if she could enjoy her favorite sweet over a couple of days.

    Last night after she ate part of the first one the baby kicked and moved more than it has so far, it was so incredible…we probably laughed and were amazed for over an hour.

    Best $12.72 I’ve spent in my entire life!

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    • J. Money February 21st, 2017 at 6:38 am

      Sooooo beautiful!!! And interestingly enough I bought my wife a red velvet mini-cake for V-day as well :) Went to go for just a cupcake but then saw these mini cakes and thought they were pretty clever looking!

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      • Aspiring PAW February 21st, 2017 at 7:42 am

        Haha, love it!…I’m finding if something contains “red velvet” it’s pretty hard to go wrong. ;)

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  3. Adam February 15th, 2017 at 9:37 am

    I took my valentine to the movies last night. We saw the Lego Batman Movie. Who cares if its for kids! It was hilarious! Maybe not the most romantic valentines movie, but it certainly got the job done, if you know what I mean. Huh? You don’t know what I mean? You’re an unconscious journal with no ability to empathize? Well, let’s just say it was $9 well spent.

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  4. Jen M February 15th, 2017 at 9:46 am

    We moved in November and the unfinished state of our townhouse is driving me crazy. So I finally bought a bunch of stuff on Amazon to solve some of the biggest problems I’ve found: a rack with hooks for our kitchen so our pans are no longer on the counter; a cable turtle to hide a lot of the charging cables in a corner; an activated charcoal bag to set in the bathroom with the slightly off scent we can’t get rid of; and an extra surge protector so we can plug the Roku, the gaming systems and the TV in at the same time. Cost of order: $55; keeping my sanity?: priceless.

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    • J. Money February 21st, 2017 at 6:41 am

      Congrats on the move!

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  5. Mr. SSC February 15th, 2017 at 9:54 am

    I recently bought a used road bike off Craigslist (trying to save money) and it came with shoes that were barely used so I thought that was a good bonus since the shoes cost over $100. Except after riding 20 minutes in them, I realized they’re jsut too small. It feels almost as bad as a used car that starts breaking as soon as you buy it. New shoes and cleats for my road bike $103.

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  6. Mrs. Picky Pincher February 15th, 2017 at 9:57 am

    Mine is kind of stupid, honestly, but mindful budgeting is all about analyzing your actions. ;)

    We purchased lobster tails to cook for Valentine’s dinner (total of $10–they were on sale). I’ve never had lobster before, so I was anxious to try it out. After Mr. Picky Pincher cooked these beautiful, buttery lobster tails, I tried one out.

    I promptly spat it on the plate in disgust. It was horrible. The taste was fine but the texture was very off-putting. This meant I couldn’t eat Valentine’s dinner. After Mr. Picky Pincher enjoyed TWO lobster tails, we ran to the library to check out books.

    I was hungry, so in my moment of weakness I went to Dairy Queen. I spent $4.49 on a fried jalapeno cheeseburger. The little win was that they threw in an order of fries fo’ free, so that was nice.

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    • J. Money February 21st, 2017 at 6:43 am

      Hahaha… That’s my problem with a lot of fish too – can’t take the smell and texture :( Although for some reason I can gobble down some shrimp like crazy??

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  7. Janet Schultz February 15th, 2017 at 9:58 am

    As a widow, I think what. Would God like to give me for Valentine’s Day? A couple of days ago I had spotted a couple of really cool wicker chairs from the U.K. At a thrift store. After thinking about it for a couple of days, I was able to purchase them with a couple of 20% off coupons for $320.00. I know, a lot for thrift store chairs, but these are the kind that my kids will want after me. Besides, God can afford it!

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    • J. Money February 21st, 2017 at 6:47 am

      Sounds like some comfy places to read a good book :)

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  8. Casey February 15th, 2017 at 9:59 am

    Well here’s something not all that exciting….I bought underwear today. However they did come very highly recommended via Mrs. Frugalwoods, who seems to be an expert on all things money saving. I saw her link in her blogpost today on her clothes buying ban and she claims hers are going 5+ years strong, so I was sold. Yay underwear!

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    • J. Money February 21st, 2017 at 6:54 am

      Haha… I had to send her that – she loved hearing it ;)

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  9. Brooklyn February 15th, 2017 at 10:28 am

    Ate lunch at parents house…free, donated blood as my Valentine’s gift to someone in need (free cookie & juice afterwards!) Hubby had supper made and flowers on the table when I got home. While he went curling I purchased some end-of-season snowboots (Stonz) for my youngest child online for 50% off which should hopefully last him the rest of this season and all of next (and hopefully another child, if we have a third) for $$19.64 ($39.89- 20.25 paypal balance from cashback on ebates).

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    • J. Money February 21st, 2017 at 6:59 am

      Sounds like a perfect evening to me :)

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  10. Amanda at Wealth Well Done February 15th, 2017 at 10:46 am

    Last night, I got the late night munchies and the urging for food in my belly kicked the concept of frugality out of my mind . As we are driving home from a church event, I pulled the Valentine’s day card with my husband who wasn’t hungry, and got my wish: a late night trip to Taco Bell! Haha.! :) I know it was probably not the best idea because I like to eat healthy, and avoid eating out, but I told myself it was a treat to rid myself of any guilt. We shared a $5.36 crave case. 5 items for $5. After bringing this little treasure of food home, and splitting it between the two of us, we headed to bed with our tummies full and eye lids heavy. Nighty night, Mr. Diary. Until next time.

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    • J. Money February 21st, 2017 at 7:01 am

      THANKS FOR MAKING ME HUNGRY!!!!

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  11. Sheila Smith February 15th, 2017 at 11:35 am

    My 13 year old self: No date on Valentines. Total bummer of a day. All boys are grody. Everyone sat in class ooohing and ahhing over their carnations and chocolate. Losers. Just wanted to stick my butt ugly head in the sand. Totally lame. Going to take my last $5 and buy me a coke, big bag of Doritos and jam out to Cyndi Lauper singing Girls Just want to Have Fun.

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    • J. Money February 21st, 2017 at 7:03 am

      Awwww haha… That *is* a great song though :)

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  12. Michelle February 15th, 2017 at 12:09 pm

    Ran late this morning, after getting ambushed by two adorable puppies on the bed, who made it impossible to leave the warm coziness in any sort of timely fashion. Coffee was a must, and the french press is out of commission until tomorrow. Coffee-$1.75.

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  13. Maya February 15th, 2017 at 12:12 pm

    Dear Diary, I have a problem. My boyfriend went out of town and while he was away I went to Dillard’s to buy Valentines for his son (cologne). And Dillard’s is my krptonite. Well, I ended up spending over $300 on my Dillard’s credit card (which we cut up after paying it off, but didn’t close it). What should I do? Hmmm
    -Financially Stupid

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  14. Tucker February 15th, 2017 at 12:47 pm

    HOLY CARP I have been side-eyeing that planner for a bit. <_<

    The last thing I bought was $#@%ing winter tires because it wasn't until we ended up stuck in the middle of our street this morning that I realized ours were getting bare (I KNOW, I definitely should have known better but I get that's probably because I don't have a planner *cough*). So as I drank my tepid coffee and contemplated how long I could live in the middle of a cold, Canadian street with only an old packet of airplane nuts I found in the glove compartment to sustain me, I mentally went through the anguish of what new tires would cost. Luckily, my freewheeling car-camp lifestyle was cut short by some kind neighbours who pushed my car out of the snowbank which enabled me to get home…only to promptly get stuck at the end of our GD driveway. It only took 2 hours to dig everything out after our 12-inch snowfall last night (oh, did I mention we got 12-inches two days ago?). Naturally, I promptly went inside, brought some new $#@*ing snow tires online, booked the appointment, and then wept big, Canadian tears at my lack of planning and foresight as I drained a portion my car fund.

    Thus ends my tale of WOE of the drama that is a Canadian winter. *shakes fists at sky*

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    • J. Money February 22nd, 2017 at 6:24 am

      I guess I should stop complaining that we didn’t get ANY snow this winter yet over here, eh? :)

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  15. Jen D February 15th, 2017 at 1:45 pm

    Dear Diary,

    These dried flower resin pendents I made actually turned out really cool! I can’t wait to play around with resin some more. However, I definitely need to make sure that I separate out my utensils when I am done with them. I can’t believe I completely ruined my measuring cups, spoons and tweezers by stacking them on top of one another next to the sink. Who knew that resin would dry hard as cement in these things even if you try to put water in them… My hands and arms definitely got a work out trying to prod those darn things apart. They were so stuck, there was just no way they would break free! Thank goodness, the dollar store had just gotten a new shipment in so to replace my ruined items only cost $3. Score! However, now that I think of it, hopefully I didn’t ruin my sink drain by pouring that water/resin water down it… That would really suck! What in the heck was I thinking?! Perhaps I need to not do crafts late on a work night…

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    • J. Money February 22nd, 2017 at 6:27 am

      Awww…. I hope those pendants came out well at least!! :)

      Reply

  16. Amy Truluck February 15th, 2017 at 1:52 pm

    I bought 5 jars of tums, to help with the Valentines Day candy overload in this house!

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  17. Lisa February 15th, 2017 at 3:17 pm

    Needed a way to celebrate my single cat lady status on Valentine’s Day and since I don’t drink alcohol, I chose my second love – burritos. So $9.32 at Chipotle. Note to self: I may be going there too much because the girl at the counter guessed my order.

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  18. Jennifer February 15th, 2017 at 3:36 pm

    Today has been a long day at the office and I couldn’t wait to get out and about on lunch! So I passed up the home brought food and went out for dat good crawfish etoufee mm mmm!

    Tasted like a little bit of home, so definitely work the $13.13 but boy could I go for a nap in the sun now.

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  19. Rae February 15th, 2017 at 4:01 pm

    I bought a copy of the American Institute of Steel Construction’s 4th edition. It was $31.78. I’m a civil engineer developing a practice that involves a bunch of weird old bridges; hence, I am also developing a library of weird old books :)

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    • J. Money February 22nd, 2017 at 6:28 am

      Brain power is always worth the $$$ :)

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  20. Elegroot Solutions February 15th, 2017 at 5:15 pm

    I’m in the process of paying Maximus’ pet license ($25 for 3 years). Apparently he has fallen through the cracks of the pet registry, which suits his taste as a kitty that would make Houdini proud. Let’s hope this is his only disappearing act this year.

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  21. Ruby @ A Journey We Love February 15th, 2017 at 5:49 pm

    Okay, true story. For Valentine’s Day we bought an aquarium for $29.99 without tax, filter ended up broken, so we returned the filter, but the model was out of stock. They ended up refunding us the full $29.99 so we got a betta fish ($4.59), some decorations ($9.99 + $1.98) and another filter ($14.98) using the credit so we only ended up paying $3.79 or something

    Fish dies 3 days later, we ended up returning dead fish to the store. In our defense it was still alive while we were trying to transport it, so it died en route. We also ended up buying a stress coat $8.50 for fish to not stress out and not die and help condition his water.

    Overall spend was around $58, with a lot of return trips to the pet store, and now we have Mr. Fish and an excellent Valentine’s Day.

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    • J. Money February 22nd, 2017 at 6:29 am

      Ack! I hope you guys did all that together so at least you were able to spend time together :)

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  22. Claire WantLess February 15th, 2017 at 6:07 pm

    Dear Diary,
    My one true love (swoon) has been really poorly for the last year with a tummy thing, so all we’ve been eating for dinner has been chicken-and-rice, chicken-and-rice, chicken-and…..yup, rice. (Hang on, how come I haven’t lost like ANY weight??!! Ugh) Anyway, she’s getting this big test done soon and so in the next few days she’s got to make her tummy really sick again on purpose, with stuff that’s greasy, spicy, fatty, sugary, chocolatey and basically delicious. I was delighted to kick that all off, so I bought her a Burger King this lunchtime. Of course, I got myself one too, out of solidarity, you understand.

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  23. Heather R February 15th, 2017 at 6:57 pm

    Like, I was in DESPERATE need of a new flavor of nail polish on my toesies. The old paint was chipped, so gross! So, I walked three blocks to get them done by a professional (duh). Then, I walked back in flip
    Flops- burrrr! Totally worth it!

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    • J. Money February 22nd, 2017 at 6:30 am

      OMG you go, girl!

      Reply

  24. Linda February 15th, 2017 at 9:50 pm

    I bought a jar of organic applesauce so that I could bake a loaf of oatmeal applesauce bread. It goes so well with my homemade sweet potato corn chowder which is what I will take to work for lunch all week. Delicious.

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    • J. Money February 22nd, 2017 at 6:31 am

      That’s pretty impressive, not gonna lie.

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  25. That PF Guy February 15th, 2017 at 10:54 pm

    I love pretzels. Pretzels and salsa. Pretzels and cottage cheese. Pretzels and cheese. Pretzels by themselves. The Piggly Wiggly sells a giant bag for $2.99.

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  26. Chad February 15th, 2017 at 11:15 pm

    2/15/17. P had a coupon for Buy 2 get 1 free. We went to the grocery that had them on sale, so we got 2 for $6. Since I’m so “cheap” now I have cleab smelling laundry. Good thing we didn’t have a frivolous Valentine’s Day date and stinking laundry. Maybe my coworkers will appreciate my springtime fresh scent.

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    • Chad February 15th, 2017 at 11:16 pm

      *Buy 2 get 1 free Purex crystals.

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    • J. Money February 22nd, 2017 at 6:31 am

      Nice :)

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  27. Rae Graham February 15th, 2017 at 11:29 pm

    We were at a photo converence in Las Vegas last week. We were trying to make it onto the Monorail about 15 minutes before the Expo closed. I panicked and thought I lost my Monorain pass, so I shelled out about $25 for another pass. I then found my original Monorail pass about 4 minutes later. A wonderful way to waste $25!

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    • J. Money February 22nd, 2017 at 6:32 am

      ACK!! That’s the worst!

      Reply

  28. Jessi February 16th, 2017 at 12:39 am

    Suprised and saddened today by the news that my bloodwork came back and I’m vitamin D deficient, like REALLY deficient. As in, on a sclae where 50 is normal, I’m at 12. So…that happened. Now, my doctor who looks like Morgan Freeman and has the silky voice to go with it, says I have to take 5,000 units a week to get me “back to not crappy levels”.

    Well…guess I’ll be budgeting that out now in addition to all my other things coming down the pipeline. Maybe I’ll just eacape to Figi and soak up all my vitamin D naturally? That sounds way better than a pill

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    • J. Money February 22nd, 2017 at 6:32 am

      Oh dang, sorry to hear :( Hilarious about Morgan Freeman haha…

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  29. Shannon Huffman February 16th, 2017 at 12:56 am

    I’d pair this with using Tiller Money for perfection!

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  30. Michael February 16th, 2017 at 5:54 am

    2/15/2017. Starbucks traded a coffee for my $2.45. I’ve got to stop these Starbucks runs. At least I have the app. They make it easy for me to send them my money, but now I have a history of all the purchases I’ve made. Did I really spend $45 last month?! Yes, yes I did.

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    • J. Money February 22nd, 2017 at 6:33 am

      They are good at trading for money :)

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  31. YW February 16th, 2017 at 7:44 am

    Bought an online blogging course for novices (on presale discount for $180!) as a way to support my dream of finding my own little corner of the interwebs like so many of the bloggers featured on Rockstar Finance. As someone who has been notoriously stingy about investing in myself, I’ve been learning how to ask for (and invest in!) support for fulfilling my dreams.

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    • J. Money February 22nd, 2017 at 6:35 am

      Good for you! Next step is to just DO IT and start the blog and then write your heart out. You’ll learn a lot through doing that and find out quick if it’s something you enjoy :)

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  32. Jess February 16th, 2017 at 2:30 pm

    The kids at work made me sick so I’ve been home the last couple of says, which hasn’t been terrible cause I got caught up on Shameless. Now I need to find another show, but, oh well. Anyways, I had to spend $25 on my co-pay at the doctor’s office just to be sure what I had wasn’t contagious and wouldn’t get more people sick. Good news: I’m not contagious. Bad news: I gotta go back to work tomorrow. Womp womp

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    • J. Money February 22nd, 2017 at 6:35 am

      Hope you’re feeling better now!

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  33. Charity February 19th, 2017 at 1:07 am

    Today I went out, without even brushing my hair on a day that I swore I wasn’t leaving the house, to buy some glucosamine for our 17 year old arthritic dog because he’s our baby and I can’t let him be without his old man meds.

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