My Approved Shopping List

In my previous posts, I announced my shopping ban and I laid out the rules for my yearlong shopping ban. This post features my approved shopping list. It’s a list of everything that I plan on buying during my shopping ban.

My Approved Shopping List | My Yearlong Shopping Ban

During my shopping ban, I am allowed to buy the following items:

Essential clothing items

  • 1 Pair of Jeans
  • 2 T-Shirts
  • 2 Leggings
  • 1 Maxi dress (I ended up getting 2)
  • 1 Tank Top
  • 1 Oxford dress shirt Turns out I can stick to wearing what I usually wear and don’t need to dress up for interviews. πŸ™‚
  • 1 Shoes Turns out I can stick to wearing what I usually wear and don’t need to dress up for interviews. πŸ™‚

Piercings (These are new piercings that I plan on getting)

  • tragus piercing
  • conch piercing
  • third lobe piercings

Camera equipment (To improve the audio of my YouTube videos and more)

  • zoom H1 Handy Recorder
  • rode smartLav+
  • rode TRS Adapter
  • 64 GB Micro SD card

Soap making tools

  • 2 soap molds I ended up getting just one with a soap cutter.
  • 1 spatula
  • 2 drying racks I got one, for now.
  • 2 measuring buckets I decided to go “fancy” and went for two stainless steel bowls
  • 1 stainless steel pot
  • oils & clays Trust me when I say that you really do need a ton of that stuff for soap making.

Basics for my new home

  • 2 reusable kitchen towels A family member ended up giving me 4-5 that she used and no longer needed.
  • 5 mason jars I didn’t actually buy a single mason jar. Instead, I went to Facebook, asked for free jars, and have a bunch now.
  • 6 large mesh produce bags
  • 2 small linen or cotton towels I got a small one for my face and a small one for when after I shower.
  • 1 blanket
  • 2 sheets
  • 2-bed linen
  • 1 water flosser

As I’ve mentioned in the rules for my yearlong shopping ban, I will be going through some really big changes in 2019 and moving to a new country is one of them. I am not yet sure what I will have available at my new destination and may need to purchase additional items.

This is a list of items that I may need to purchase:

basic cooking and baking tools

  • 1 knife
  • 1 spatula I decided to use the one I got for soap making for baking. No need for two!
  • 1 mixing bowl
  • 1 baking pan (for bread)
  • 1 reusable silicone baking sheet
  • 1 stone pan I changed my mind and will be looking for a stainless steel pan without any coating
  • 1 stainless steel pot I decided to use the pot I got for soap making for cooking. No need for two!
  • 1 wooden cutting board
  • 1 blender I got a beautiful one used for just 10 Euros!
  • 1 stainless steel spoon


  • 1 Japanese futon

This is a list of items that I will need to get repaired:

  • Long pants: In March 2018 bought a pair of long cotton pants in India. They haven’t worn that great and would need to be patched up and later on dyed. I have since patched them up myself.
  • Camera: The charging slot cover is hanging on its thread. I may or may not ask around for quotes and get it fixed.
  • Backpack: Shortly after my packing video was filmed the zipper on my backpack stopped working. I will ask around for quotes and will need to get it fixed.

It’s all about being intentional

That was everything that I, as of right now, intend to buy the next 12 months.

The category “business books”, which I mentioned in my post about the rules for my yearlong shopping ban isn’t mentioned here, because I am not yet sure which books (if any) I’ll be getting.

Of course, life happens and this list is by no means set in stone. It’s also worth mentioning that I may not buy everything on this list, however, if I really need to, I know it’s accounted for. As mentioned in my previous post, I am also allowed to replace or repair items as needed.

Please note, I will be updating this list with items I’ve purchased as I go. In next week’s post, I’ll be sharing more details about my essential clothing items.

Have you ever done a shopping ban? I’d love to hear about your experience!

Everything that’s been crossed out has since been acquired.

More shopping ban content:

Updated: October 2019


By using some of the above links & discounts I may receive a small kickback, to support my blog and YouTube channel, at no extra cost to you ?


  1. October 8, 2018 / 6:55 AM

    I see a Japanese futon on the list. ? I was looking for a minimalist bed and I already bought a firm bed without a frame at IKEA before I read a blog post about a futon bed.

    Can’t wait to see how you can score a great deal for a futon which is so expensive but worth it. Good luck! Till the next exciting updates on the list!

    • Nina
      October 8, 2018 / 4:27 PM

      Yes! They are actually not that expensive. I’ve seen 90X140 ones for less than $150. Most conventional mattresses this size are a lot more! I’ll need to look into it properly though to determine what’s best and what would last the longest.

      I used to have a conventional bed and found that it took up too much space. I’ve found sleeping on plain mattresses better and would love to sleep on a futon! That being said, I’ve had mattress provided to me in both London and NYC and haven’t purchased one since moving out.

      If I’ve got something available at my new destination then I won’t be purchasing a futon. I’ll definitely get one should the space be empty though! πŸ™‚ I’ll definitely be updating this list as I go! πŸ™‚

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.