Buy Nothing New- Month 10

Another month in my attempt to Buy Nothing New has come and gone. This month I did not buy many items and continue to focus on quality instead of quantity. It has been a better way of living for us. I suspect we will use the same premise when buying a home, focusing on quality instead of size.

So off to October’s list of purchased items.

Buy Nothing New- October

A banjo, a strap, some picks, and a case. Yup, I have always wanted to learn a stringed instrument and I finally decided to do it now instead of waiting until retirement. This is in line with me living the life I want now instead of waiting for life in the future.

I also spent some unexpected money at the music store. This was a fail but I bought a hand drum to replace one I lost in the fire and a tambourine. I am not really sure why I bought the tambourine but in the back of my mind, I thought my son would enjoy it. My wife looked horrified when I brought it home, citing the amount of noise it would bring forth.

New sandals and the third pair of custom insoles. Always working on improving future me, and I do not want future foot pain. So I invested in some items that will continue to keep me from too much foot pain. Plus they are cheaper now then they will be at my future job.

Finally, I bought a passport travel pouch. We are off to New Zealand next week and I always enjoy keeping my passport close to the belt line.

All in all, not a bad month. Still, for 2018 I have bought quite a few items as outlined below. I wonder how many items the typical person buys.


I have said it before, this buy nothing year has been good for me. I am obviously still buying things, but part of this was due to losing everything last year. The purchases I make though are better thought out 80% of the time. The other 20% of the time I make rash and foolish purchases (the tambourine for instance). And that is okay. The goal is to improve a little each day.

Perfection is for suckers. It is a set up to fail. Instead, if you make small goals then you have small achievements. These add up. After all, Rome was not built in a day. So go out there and set some small goals!

On another note, I am off to New Zealand for a few weeks. I could call it a mini-retirement, but instead, it is just 2 months between jobs. So the family is off to an island down south and then I will come back for 5 weeks of time off before starting work full time again.

I am excited for the time off. My mom swears I will be bored. I swear she really doesn’t get me. I am planning on reading a few books and practicing that banjo on the time off. Other than that it is going to be day dates with my wife and afternoon fun with my son. Furthermore, if I do not get my credentials finalized for my new job, I may have some of January off too. I will keep you all updated.

Monthly recap

Running list of material things I have bought in 2018

  • Hair clipper (personal hygiene)
  • Retainer for my teeth (health related)
  • Free t-shirt’s x 2
  • Microphone for a podcast (business)
  • Picture frame hangers (should have used nails but the frame is quite heavy and we live in earthquake country)
  • Ant baits (home maintenance)
  • Yoga mat (health related)
  • Fancy shoe inserts for my flat feet (health related)
  • Bromine tablets for the hot tub (home maintenance) and lavender smelling stuff (frivolous)
  • Fancy cooler (frivolous but useful)
  • Hubcap x 1 (frivolous but makes me feel good)
  • Suits- his and his….(mine was for future business and my son’s was frivolous/experience)
  • Hot tub calcium hardener (home maintenance)
  • A tent (planned)
  • Luggage and a backpack (needed for all the traveling we do but sold later since we weren’t using it.)
  • A child carrier (frivolous and fell for the sale)
  • Walking shoes (for my health or unnecessary? You decide.)
  • Plastic water pipe cover (home maintenance)
  • Camping great including air mattress, tarp, cooking and eating supplies (wife purchase but both of us use this stuff). Also 3 chairs, a sleeping bag, an inflatable mattress for me, and 2 headlamps.
  • Khaki shorts (personal)
  • Pair of jeans and workout shorts (personal)
  • Pickle Monster Truck (frivolous but worth the smile on my son’s face).
  • Hairpin, bracelet, necklace, and earrings (gifts for my wife! Happy Mother’s Day)
  • A screwdriver.
  • Another screwdriver, a socket wrench, and a step stool (tools, but used to build memories with my brother-in-law)
  • A stove and propane tank, roasting sticks, pocket knife, and sleeping bag (more camping gear but we should be complete now! Why all the camping gear? Well we have at least 3 summer trips planned and maybe adding more to the schedule. Ah Northern California!).
  • An ax, 2 chairs, 10 tent stakes, and a fishing rod (The camping spree is done).
  • Pliers (tools)
  • An alarm clock (trying to get out of looking at my phone, so arguably health)
  • Thumb Brace (health)
  • A book for pleasure (mistake purchase)
  • Two 3 ring binders (organization)
  • Pair of gym shorts (health?)
  • Activity books for my son (entertainment or parental sanity…and thus health?)
  • Shorts (erroneously did not know I already had 2 perfectly fine pairs of shorts)
  • Emergency Binder with binders and hole punch (peace of mind and emergency prep)
  • Two books for me to review (fun and for the blog)
  • A pocket knife (no good reason for this purchase. It is sitting in my drawer)
  • An SUV protective shirt (arguably for health)
  • A banjo, strap, picks and a case (why wait until retirement, better to learn now)
  • Sandals and insoles (definitely health)
  • A drum and tambourine
  • A passport carrying case

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I am a Dad and Doctor trying to make sure I am living life in the best way possible. Whether it is having my finances together, being a great parent, or balancing my home life with work, I am here to kick a$$ and help you do the same.

7 thoughts on “Buy Nothing New- Month 10

  • November 8, 2018 at 6:39 pm

    I love the concept. Having read this for the first time, I don’t really consider it a no-buy list. As you said, that’s not very realistic. Rather, I consider this a focus on spending on the experiences you want rather than a bunch of frivolous expenses. If the banjo will bring you excitement now, then absolutely get it. Make that goal of yours happen and play the crap out of that thing! Thanks for the fun read tonight.


    • November 8, 2018 at 6:49 pm

      Ha. Thanks. True that I failed in buying nothing. I bought stuff, just less than usual and in a more thoughtful manner. As for the banjo, I am playing but I think my wife with have preferred I take up knitting

  • November 6, 2018 at 12:14 am

    Heard New Zealand was so beautiful! Would love to go there someday. Also, love this the buy nothing new plan. Would have to try it out for myself.

  • November 5, 2018 at 10:09 pm

    What a detailed buying plan you have. It must be important to you to be so detailed. Interesting.

    • November 5, 2018 at 10:12 pm

      Being detailed is part of what makes me a good doctor. So I guess you are right, it is an important part of how I go through life.

  • November 4, 2018 at 6:54 am

    New Zealand is on the list and it is rather high on the list. Enjoy your trip, can’t wait to read all about it!


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