Neutral Color Winter Gear
This seems like such a common sense thing - but I didn't think of it until just last year. (This tip is most useful if you have an older daughter and a younger son relatively close in age).
I have two children - a girl (7) and a boy (5). Since I had my daughter first I didn't think ahead on colors, so when purchasing her winter gear I always bought purples and pinks (snowpants, boots, etc...) But then as my son grew, and he needed winter gear - instead of handing down her perfectly good bibs and boots, and had to go buy boy colored ones. (Okay I didn't HAVE to, but you see where I am going).
So I've started purchasing more neutral colors for my daughter (blacks, blues, etc..) that can be used for both! This comes in especially handy for boots & snowpants since they seem to need a new pair every year. It really can help save money and resources!
I also might try using RIT dye to color the light purple snowpants a darker color. If anyone has tried this with any success please let me know!
But in the end, my new note to self - Defer neutral colors so gently used hand-me-downs can cycle from daughter to son!