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(also posted on the parents forum but I thought I'd ask Jumbos for their excellent advice too)
We live in the Bay Area where the winters are very mild. Should we try and figure out what my D will need before the first rain-snow storm hits, or let her figure it out once she's there? I assume she'll get good advice from fellow students who are more savvy about what kind of boots and coats work best, but I have no idea what a reasonable budget is or what kinds of stores are accessible besides the high end stores. I guess I'm trying to stave off the phone call where she tells me she bought such and such and I say "how much????" since I don't really know what's reasonable or necessary for New England winters. Uggs, for instance?