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    • elsiepac
    • By elsiepac 8th Mar 16, 11:39 AM
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    • 8th Mar 16, 11:39 AM
    8th Mar 16 at 11:39 AM
    Hi everyone,

    Welcome to the third Grocery Challenge of 2018 !!!!

    If your new month starts early feel free to join this thread, or if you're still working on your February budget, then keep on posting in the February challenge.

    As always this challenge is to reduce your own grocery budget to levels that you will be pleased with, not forgetting that we always recommend that you stay inside your own comfort levels and take things gently one step at a time. Remember that this is not a's designed to take you and your grocery spending to a level you are happy with.

    If you are new to the challenge I have quoted the advice from Galtizz below which will help you get started.

    Please post into this thread for help and advice and support at any time. Good luck to everyone taking part!

    I have said this before, but for all the newbies to the challenge;

    For the first month I took a guess at the budget but I really had no idea how much I was spending.

    I found the best thing is to have a guess the first month but SAVE ALL OF YOUR RECEIPTS (and yes, that does include the ones from the local shop when you run out of milk ), then at the end of the month add them all up and have a look if you were on budget, if not, it doesn't matter because your budget was a guess. For the next month you can use the total of your receipts and take a bit off to get a realistic budget, just shave off as much as you think you can, it could be £1 a week or £20 a week.

    If you are currently spending £200 a month don't suddenly drop it to £100 - you'll never do it but if you cut £20 a month off for a few months you'll get there eventually without feeling you're missing out on anything.

    You might think you've done everything you can in the first month but someone always comes up with a new idea and, if you try it you often find you save a bit more (unless you are SarahSaver who is an expert at this and could only save more if she turned her back garden into a paddy field and lived on rice ) In the first month I thought, I'm planning meals, I couldn't possibly save any more, but then I started double cooking and freezing, and making soup instead of buying it in tins.

    I've been doing this since Feb but only saved ALL of my receipts last month, it has given me a much better idea of where it is all going. Budget for next month is £80 for 2 of us, I'll start on 30/4. I could probably save more, by eating different foods but I can afford to live on £80, I have saved a lot of money since Feb. and I don't waste food or money any more. So I'm happy with my budget.
    By request, here is Spiggles wonderful helpful post

    We all have different budgets that suit our households. The most important thing to remember is that you set yours according to your needs and finances. It can take time to get to where you want to be too so don't knock yourself out if you go over in the first few months. We are here to support each other and it is not a competition.

    I thought it might help to outline where we've come from and the top tips I've learned.

    When we started in March 2010 we had spent in excess of £600 in the previous month. This had to stop, (there's only me and him and our two beautiful black cats) something which thankfully my OH completely agreed with so I have been lucky that he has been on board from the start. He gave me his debit card voluntarily and I still keep hold of it until he needs to get something for the home. At the same time we set up a system of pocket money (pm) at £15 each per week which doesn't count towards the GC and which we can each spend as we wish with no comebacks or complaints. OH predominantly uses his pm on his beer and I ferret mine away mostly.

    The next step was to set up my own spreadsheet which is absolutely simple onto which I put all spends so that I have a continuous running total for the month and for the year. We initially set our budget at £280 per month and brought it down to £240 where it resides for most of the year it is occasionally increased to allow for extras e.g. Christmas to £260.

    The important 'tools' we found greatly helped and continue to do so now are:

    Stocktake cupboards, fridge, freezer - make lists and ensure that the older products get used up first. You'll be amazed at what you find squirrelled away and it will help with your shopping list as you'll realise that you don't actually need so much.

    Before you go shopping check staples - running out of milk, bread, butter, etc often leads to going into a shop for one thing and coming out £20 lighter. Always check these and if they'll run out tomorrow buy them the same time as getting other things.

    Always make a shopping list and stick to it - the supermarkets (sm) try every which way to get us to spend so having a list and strong resolve is the only way to beat them.

    Keep every receipt - and then note it down on your spreadsheet/spend diary so that you always know where you are.

    When tempted, ask yourself do you NEED it or just WANT it - now this advice goes with two things. Firstly, the things you see in store when shopping that APPEAR to be bargains - if you hadn't planned spending the money then its not a bargain. Secondly, the sm send us loads of vouchers for £X off a spend of £XX - if you had no NEED to spend £XX then have you SAVED anything???

    Use my supermarket to compare prices (limited to four of the biggies) - The site may be used to actually do an online shop at whichever of the big four offers the best value or, if you have the time and sm availability, to make up lists for visiting each of the stores so that you can purchase all you need at different stores thus getting the best possible value. (I'd add, do a 'shop' virtually on this site and take the list you create on it with you, whichever one you shop at, it will help keep target prices in your head and allow you to spot bargains. MrM is not included but you can do a virtual list on their website so you know what you're going to be spending.)

    Always have a list - this is just as important when shopping online as shopping on foot.

    Use Approved Foods online (with a list!) - if you don't mind out of date things (ood) or you can search for only in date items. The only drawback is storing the goods as far as I can tell. Oh, and watch the delivery as it's done on a scaled charge for weight so keep an eye on it. You can of course do an AF order with friends, family, colleagues or like minded neighbours. Other GCers use Big Br*nds 4 Less too.

    Invest in a breadmaker - we have saved so much by making our own bread. The prices in the shops are extortionate for bread these days. There's loads of advice on this thread and others in the forum on this.

    Use the recipe lists - always posted at the front of a new thread. There are fantastic, tasty, healthy and economical recipes to use on them and there are a number of other threads on the forum such as Weezl's that will help you to eat well on a budget.

    Shop locally - the local greengrocer (or preferably market but I don't have one ) is usually cheaper as an option for fruit and veg (f&v) than the sm. Often the prices may look the same but when you look at the quantity for the same price the greengrocer will be cheaper. The same goes for the local butcher. Often you will have far more variety of meat available, advice on how to cook a particular meat can be offered and there is (for me at least) no comparison in terms of quality. We buy our huge FR eggs there and I'm yet to find an equivalent FR egg in a sm at the same or lower price. Obvioulsy if you have your own chicks/know someone who has chicks you can get them even cheaper again.

    Grow your own - it's quite simple to grow some f&v at home even if it's only in pots on the patio. There are also supportive threads on the forum for this.

    Cook your own - making meals at home from ingredients is far more economical, often tastes better than shop bought and is probably far better healthwise.

    Meal Plan - this is something that others can advise on as we don't do it. I have a tremendous capacity for eating the same food over many days but presented in slightly different form. For example, we could buy £7 worth of brisket from the butchers and eat it as pot roast for a couple of days, sliced for sarnies, sliced with a salad, chucked into a casserole or shredded up and fried as crispy beef.

    Don't waste food - either only make what you need or use any leftovers for other meals/creations or freeze it for another day.

    Withdraw the cash you want to spend - and keep it in a separate purse. This can be particularly effective as you have the money in front of you reducing rather than spending with plastic which is so easy to lose track of. Very useful when you first start out.

    Don't go to the shops to browse - this can only lead to pain and hardship!!!

    Keep posting and reading the thread - there really is no better supportive, wise and inspirational place to be! I think I saw that somebody mentioned forgetting to read/post. I get around this by using the Advanced button to post, below the window where your text is displayed you will see Additional Options. In the Thread Subscription box use the dropdown to select either instant email notification (this is what I use) or daily email notification before you submit your latest post. Then you will get an email into your inbox from which you can click to the thread to see what others are saying.

    Always remember the sm is not your friend - it wants to profit from you and take as much of your money as it can coerce out of you!

    So, there you go as a starting point. Others on here will offer tremendous advice on meal planning. And don't forget, the only silly question is the one you didn't ask!

    See you all later,
    For quidelines on posting in this thread please read the second post in this thread.

    For the Grocery challenge Recipe Index please see posts #4 to #10 this thread (the list is growing!!!!!)

    For everyones totals, see post #3 on this thread

    I hope everyone has a great month!

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    • selloptape
    • By selloptape 9th Mar 18, 7:48 PM
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    Hi everyone... a quick shop in Mr Tís after work and I appear to be on budget

    It would be amazing to be under spent but itís only the first month back, and only a third of the way in, could still go wrong Iíve stuck to meal plan, taken some lunches to work so thatís been positive. Next steps are to start being more aware of the costs of meals, build up list of budget options and tweak meal plans to include cheaper options and bulk cooking.

    Have a lovely weekend everyone!
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    • thriftwizard
    • By thriftwizard 9th Mar 18, 8:24 PM
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    £51 spent between the market & W8rose today, which is a little more than I'd hoped. But as I really shouldn't need anything much except fresh stuff for the rest of the month, I'm crossing my fingers that I'll still come in under target.

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    • Mrs Cheshire
    • By Mrs Cheshire 9th Mar 18, 9:02 PM
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    Mrs Cheshire
    just a quicky....
    i normally shop in lidl and once a month or so get a delivery from morries for stuff I can't get at lidl.
    a friend of mine has offered me a lift to aldi that's a few towns away when she goes next week and I was wondering what any of you would recommend. I've looked on the website and they seem to do some nice sounding chutneys I think I might get and some toffees.
    thankyou in advance
    Originally posted by purpleybat
    I love the caramelised red onion chutney.

    I mainly shop at Ald! as it's local to me, there's not much from there I wouldn't recommend.
    Cereals are great and really good value, all the crisps, the rosemary crackers are gorgeous. The dairy products and cooked meats are fab.
    All the fruit and veg, especially the super 6! Think it changes on thursday next week!

    Annoyingly Hubby decided that as he needed change to pay for the middle son's club he would buy a cartoon of apple juice from the corner shop £1.40, they are only 55p in Ald!.
    I'm going to take the rest of the money to the bank on Monday and ask them to change it for me, so we have the right money in different money bags.
    Last edited by Mrs Cheshire; 09-03-2018 at 9:04 PM.
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    • Merlin's Beard
    • By Merlin's Beard 9th Mar 18, 10:23 PM
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    Up to £66.49/£100 for this month.

    Big oops! I have to admit, while £4 is stamps - so if I'm running tight they might get moved to another budget - £8 of that was a sneaky McDonalds trip because I'd had a really bad day, and £10 of that is Easter eggs. For children? no - for me.

    And the cat will need litter before the end of the month, so £10 of what's remaining is spoken for!

    After an excellent February, consider me well off the wagon...!

    (But looking at my Easter eggs, considering the week I've had... I regret nothing! )
    • Save Dosh
    • By Save Dosh 10th Mar 18, 1:10 AM
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    Did a couple of shops, coming to £8.85. Bought tomatoes, 4kg onions, 4kg potatoes, dairy free cheese, meat free burgers, crisps 6pk & 2 bottles of Aspalls Cider, which comes out of drinks budget. I tried my plum vodka that I made (only to test if it needed anything added, ahemm), OMG, it's actually one of the nicest drinks I have ever tried, seriously, but it really is for easter, so hopefully no more dipping 'testing' needed!! I must have about 14 batch cooked meals in the freezer, so really will only need salad topping up. Have updated sig.

    A friend of mine has offered me a lift to aldi that's a few towns away when she goes next week and I was wondering what any of you would recommend
    Originally posted by purpleybat
    I tend to only go there when they have a good super 6 (whatever its called), as its not that near. Haven't been since xmas - I pick up wraps, breakfast muffins/rolls, some of their super food powders (green smoothie), cacao powder, nuts, seeds, chocolates, hummus (caramelized onion), onion bhaji, pakora, spicy bean burgers. Used to buy their pizzas when I ate dairy cheese, sirachi mayo, giant cous cous, tri colour quinoa, dairy free ice cream.
    Really impressed with myself. I went ysing yesterday, in THREE shops. There were no good ys things, so I bought NOTHING. In any of them! I really feel this year that I'm changing my mindset.
    Originally posted by PennyGrabber
    Well done. I think that is the hardest thing, saying I don't actually want/need any of this, but your mindset does change after a while, I think.
    Last edited by Save Dosh; 10-03-2018 at 1:13 AM.
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    • starting_again_in_the_sun
    • By starting_again_in_the_sun 10th Mar 18, 9:40 AM
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    Feeling a little guilty having spent 28 euros yesterday with not much to show for it!

    Quite a big proportion was on cola cao which was on offer and will last a good few months. The rest went on weekend treats ( wine and chocolate), fruit and veg, ham, cheese and 6 pack of milk.

    Hoping for no shopping until Tuesday!

    Hope everyone has a lovely weekend.
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    • MadamMim2013
    • By MadamMim2013 10th Mar 18, 10:10 AM
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    Not the best of days yesterday..after an emotionally charged school meeting I took a trip to Mr A's mainly to pick up a few items for my mum..
    £51.82 later I can see I'd emotionally shopped instead of using my head (& list) and have noted this morning the joint of beef I had picked up was wongly priced
    Well, it's a learning curve.. Lesson learned!
    Off to add to my total
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    • Coxy11
    • By Coxy11 10th Mar 18, 10:37 AM
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    Hi everyone,
    Sorry for the delay - RL is horrendously busy right now!
    Budgets list updated to here
    Good luck everyone,
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    • pamsdish
    • By pamsdish 10th Mar 18, 11:47 AM
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    Total of £23.37 between Morries and Lidl, I was totally out of eggs, butter and only had some odd bread in freezer, went in Morries for a joint of beef, couldn`t see any !!, so all my shopping was y.s. bits, 8 pasties, 2 packs sausage, a quiche and a large reduced pork shoulder joint.
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    • private_helen
    • By private_helen 10th Mar 18, 2:52 PM
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    I've not had a great start to February. I delayed my batch cooking day as we had visitors, and then couldn't get myself in the mood to do it during the week. Hence the stressful days where I would normally pull out a decent meal from the freezer became more stressful trying to use the stuff in the fridge before it went out of date. We also ordered a take away pizza in the week when I really couldn't face cooking dinner

    I'm already at £270 (from 26th Feb) out of my £400 budget- so it's likely I will go over again this month- and I've just noticed a 5p bag charge on the receipt hubby gave me when I asked him to get the cat food (the car boot is full of shopping bags!)- I know he'll say it's just 5p, but it all mounts up!!

    I'm feeling more positive this week and have managed to get a few meals in the freezer, and more importantly, despite the difficult start, I've not wasted any food. I bought my mixed nuts for my savoury nut loaf from Homy Bargains this week, which saved quite a bit. Mr T had 50p off the Chinese curry sauce concentrate that I like to use, so I've just made eight individual chicken/ mushroom/ onion/ green pepper curries for the freezer. They are very much like the curries from our local chinese takeaway and save a fortune for those nights when I crave an easy takeaway meal. I managed to get two smoked haddock fillets on yellow sticker to go with some cheap white fish already in my freezer and have made a fish pie with eggs that looks like it will feed 10 of us tonight!

    So hopefully I'll have an easier, cheaper week. To all the mothers on the board- have a very happy and relaxing mother's day.

    Oh- almost forgot. I'm looking for some ideas- I'm having a small get together for my mother-in-law's 80th birthday later this month (12 adults, 3 children aged 2, 6, 11). I'm aiming to do mainly cold buffet food (on a budget). I do have a few ideas but would love to hear from anyone that has some ideas of what has worked well for them.
    • Mrs Cheshire
    • By Mrs Cheshire 10th Mar 18, 7:46 PM
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    Mrs Cheshire

    Oh- almost forgot. I'm looking for some ideas- I'm having a small get together for my mother-in-law's 80th birthday later this month (12 adults, 3 children aged 2, 6, 11). I'm aiming to do mainly cold buffet food (on a budget). I do have a few ideas but would love to hear from anyone that has some ideas of what has worked well for them.
    Originally posted by private_helen
    Is it a daytime thing? Could you do an afternoon tea? Sandwiches, few crisps, scone with jam and cream and a slice of cake!

    I popped to Asd* to get some snacks for this afternoon and tomorrow, also picked up a loaf of bread and some chocolate waffles for later in the month for pudding. Spent £8.48. Just did the price comparison thing for Asd* and got 21p back.

    Then popped to Ald! on the way home for some prawn crackers and spring rolls to go with our chicken and noddles for tea. Spent £1.78

    Will need Milk and wraps on Monday
    Last edited by Mrs Cheshire; 10-03-2018 at 7:56 PM.
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    • indigowarrior
    • By indigowarrior 10th Mar 18, 10:40 PM
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    £2.10 spend on food in Tesco. Have to admit to not needing two of the items. This brings my monthly spend to £28.83
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    • Suffolk lass
    • By Suffolk lass 11th Mar 18, 7:44 AM
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    Oh- almost forgot. I'm looking for some ideas- I'm having a small get together for my mother-in-law's 80th birthday later this month (12 adults, 3 children aged 2, 6, 11). I'm aiming to do mainly cold buffet food (on a budget). I do have a few ideas but would love to hear from anyone that has some ideas of what has worked well for them.
    Originally posted by private_helen
    Is it a daytime thing? Could you do an afternoon tea? Sandwiches, few crisps, scone with jam and cream and a slice of cake!
    Originally posted by Mrs Cheshire
    I would add a savoury pie and a quiche to this list so that those travelling a distance have had a bit more of a meal - A large chicken pie with some sweetcorn or carrots and frozen peas to pad it out works well for me
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    • supersaver1000
    • By supersaver1000 11th Mar 18, 8:45 AM
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    I'm doing better than last month, but still not great. With about £50 cash left for the month. Good news is that I will probably only need to do two shops and that I have lots of food in the cupboard.

    Bought a lovely joint of beef yesterday for about £10 and had a delicious meal last night. Sliced the rest up and have a huge box of beef that will last all week for sandwiches and another evening meal. I also bought some casserole beef to make a slow cooker curry for MrSS - that will keep him very happy and away from the take away shop. I was going to buy some chicken breast to go with a jar of sweet and sour sauce - decided to opt for the birds eye crispy chicken breast at £1 for a box of two. Thought it was worth a try.

    So at the moment I am planning around a £60 over spend, not too shabby for my second month.
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    • Need2bthrifty
    • By Need2bthrifty 11th Mar 18, 10:27 AM
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    After getting off to such a good start with 5 NSDís I now seem to be spending left right and centre. It all started with doing a favour for someone on Wed, going into a store I donít normally shop in and spotting my preferred washing powder on offer = spend of £4.51, top up shop yesterday for bread, yoghurt and more F&V = spend of £9.63.

    After adding this to previous spends Iím only left with £19.12 for the rest of the month , so I will be eating mostly out of my stores & freezer. I know I will need to get toilet roll and bleach, but thereís 1Ĺ rolls left so hopefully that will last the week or I may just go out a lot
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    • private_helen
    • By private_helen 11th Mar 18, 1:33 PM
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    Thankyou Mrs Cheshire and Suffolk Lass- it is a late afternoon get together. I have to admit I hadn't really thought of sandwiches! Doh- I think I was trying to over complicate things with 'fancy' bits, but sandwiches will make it less stressful and it means I can put a little effort into making a couple of quiches. I do make pies for family dinner but I'm not sure they're really upto mother-in-law level, so I'll just stick with the quiches and perhaps a homemade cake. All of which I can do quite cheaply- thanks for the ideas
    • Wysiwyg49
    • By Wysiwyg49 11th Mar 18, 1:39 PM
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    Oh- almost forgot. I'm looking for some ideas- I'm having a small get together for my mother-in-law's 80th birthday later this month (12 adults, 3 children aged 2, 6, 11). I'm aiming to do mainly cold buffet food (on a budget). I do have a few ideas but would love to hear from anyone that has some ideas of what has worked well for them.
    Originally posted by private_helen
    I'd vote for a quiche as well. I've also made 'cheat' samosas with filo pastry filled with chickpea and potato curry, with mango chutney and HM raita they went down very well! You cut the filo sheets in half lengthways and fold over the filling to make a sort of triangular shape. Can't remember where I got that recipe/idea, may have been Thrifty Lesley?
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    • thriftwizard
    • By thriftwizard 11th Mar 18, 2:06 PM
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    Ooh, I do like the idea of HM cheat samosas! But have spent another £14 on food at the market between yesterday & today, so won't be buying filo pastry just yet - mind you, I'll probably find out that the DDs can make it, as they can do all sorts of pastries that I've never wanted to tangle with, like hot water crust and choux.

    There are only two weekends left in this pay month, so coming in under target is still feasible, but a little - tighter - than I'd like.

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    • ScotinLondon
    • By ScotinLondon 11th Mar 18, 4:08 PM
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    Afternoon all...Haven't posted for a while. Have had an exam this, which was an interesting experience to say the least.

    However, since 25/2, as that is when my month started - we have spent £67.38, balance left £62.62. More than enough left until 24/3.

    We spend a little a bit every day and shop when we need to, as I was off last week - we did a big shop. Everything, one way or another will be eaten (hopefully).

    We definitely need to do better with our wastage. We are better than we used to be, but we can do better.

    Hope everyone has a good rest of the weekend.

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    • Mrs Cheshire
    • By Mrs Cheshire 11th Mar 18, 4:22 PM
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    Popped to Mr T's this afternoon to get some ice creams for a treat after being out all day. The cafe where we were wanted £1.80 for an ice cream, so I got 8 from Mr T's for £2.25. Also picked up 2 bottles of non-alcoholic kopperburg, some milk and broccoli, total spend £6.83 after staff discount.
    Hoping that should tide us over till Thursday when I do the main shop again. Will need to check the menu plan though.
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