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.
During my shopping ban, I am allowed to buy the following items:
Essential clothing items
1 Pair of Jeans 2 T-Shirts
1 Maxi dress (I ended up getting 2)
1 Tank Top 1 Oxford dress shirtTurns out I can stick to wearing what I usually wear and don’t need to dress up for interviews. 🙂 1 ShoesTurns out I can stick to wearing what I usually wear and don’t need to dress up for interviews. 🙂
Piercings (These are new piercings that I plan on getting)
- tragus 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 moldsI ended up getting just one with a soap cutter. 1 spatula 2 drying racksI got one, for now. 2 measuring bucketsI decided to go “fancy” and went for two stainless steel bowls 1 stainless steel pot oils & claysTrust 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 towelsA family member ended up giving me 4-5 that she used and no longer needed. 5 mason jarsI 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 towelsI 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 spatulaI 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 panI changed my mind and will be looking for a stainless steel pan without any coating 1 stainless steel potI decided to use the pot I got for soap making for cooking. No need for two! 1 wooden cutting board 1 blenderI 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 upand 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:
- My yearlong shopping ban
- The rules for my yearlong shopping ban
- My approved shopping list
- Essential clothing items
- 10 Tips On How To Create A Successful Shopping Ban
- Why I plan all my purchases a year in advance
- A Shopping Ban For Frugal People: Why It Makes Sense
- 10 Simple Habits For A Successful Shopping Ban
- A Super Simple Retired Items Spreadsheet For The Frugal
- 5 Vital Questions To Ask Before Starting A Shopping Ban
- I Am On A Yearlong Shopping Ban And Here’s Why
Updated: October 2019
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!
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! 🙂 I’ll definitely be updating this list as I go! 🙂