It's getting cold out in New York City, which means it's time to bring out the jackets, sweatshirts and hoodies.
Of course, being the NY Frugal Family Examiner, that means it's time for me to bring out the jackets, sweatshirts and hoodies that I put into storage last year, and see which outerwear fits which kid this time around.
For some reason, my children aren't as ecstatic about this ritual as I am. (Strange, strange children.)
"Could we have something new?" They ask plaintively, batting their big brown eyes.
The answer is usually, "No. If it fits you, you'll wear it until it doesn't anymore." (And then we'll donate it; because I have to think that I'm not the only mom in NYC who appreciates a hand-me-down bargain).
However, my kids know one way to get around my "no buying new stuff until it's absolutely necessary" rule.
The exception is if the item in question can serve more than one purpose.
Which is how we ended up checking out Pocket Frenz and their Release Your Inner Beast hoodies, which my clever oldest child who, in the past, has turned a shark T-shirt into a costume (more DIY costumes so easy a child can do them at this link), pointed out would be great for Halloween (which, remember, is but a month away, Mom!).
The hoodies in question allow kids to transform something that would otherwise be merely for warmth into robot, monster or dragon outfits.
And, as my son continued to note, it's always so cold on Halloween that I end up insisting they wear jackets over their costumes anyway, so, you know... how handy is this?
The boy has a point.
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