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Ask Eric: Sledding Tips and Impulse Buying

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Editor's Note: Ask Eric is an advice column published every Tuesday. Anonymous questions are taken from this Google form. Questions are also taken both from The Collegian's Instagram, @thecollegianur, and via email, The views and opinions expressed in this article do not reflect those of The Collegian.

What could I use as a sled if I didn’t bring one to campus? Also, where is the best place to sled around here?

I too did not bring a sled to campus, but I found that cardboard from old boxes works very well. You could also use any large pieces of old plastic. There are a number of good sledding locations on campus, including the lawn outside of Boatwright Library, the small inclines outside of Lakeview Hall and a large hill near Lora Robins Court and the Modlin Center. 

What should I do when my food from ETC has mold in it?

You should kindly inform the employees. I am sure they will know how to take care of the problem. 

How do I stop myself from impulse buying things?

I do not know whether I am equipped to answer this, because I am a bit of a hoarder at heart. Shopping is one of my favorite stress-relieving activities. What I can tell you is how to find good deals so your impulsive habits do not permanently affect your wallet. 

Generally, any sort of purchase fulfills the empty feeling that most people naturally procure over time. Some people go to the gym or do a hobby, and some of us shop. 

I suggest buying small-and-cheap yet meaningful-and-fun things. This way you feel like you’ve acquired something new and exciting without actually dropping a ton of money on it. 

Buying arts and crafts kits are also a great way to protect your wallet because you can create more things with the kit and feel as though you have purchased more than you actually have. You also then get to partake in a fun activity, which stimulates creative energy. 

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