Okay, so far, so good for me. The only non-food items I have purchased were a couple school supplies that I had already promised DS and my nephew to go with the Kumon workbooks I got for them through a co-op in December.
I've come up with a few exception so far. There are a few purchases I've decided on, but they will actually reduce our spending/consumption in the long run.
All the normal ones, groceries, undies, socks, and shoes.
Hygiene/clean items - I've recently discovered Dr. Bronner's.
I've been using it (way diluted) as baby wash, shampoo, cleaning spray, dishwashing liquid, whatever. So all I'll need is deodorant, conditioner, and toothpaste (deodorant I will not compromise on the brand, but the other two I can get for free or nearly free on a regular basis).
Homeschool supplies - We are SET on workbooks for the whole year (participated in a Kumon co-op recently and stocked up) but we may need to restock art supplies and other consumables at some point in the year.
Carseat - I am a CPST and a total carseat nerd and its hard to resist new seats, but we really will need this purchase. SO is joining the Air Force and if we wind up having to fly, DS will need a new seat as his current one will unlikely fit on a plane.
Gifts - All gifts will be handmade, or local (or both), or an experience, with one exception. I promised DS a marble run (made by Quadrilla, its really nice) for Yule and Amazon.com sold out. So he'll get one for his birthday.
SO really wants a Kindle, so I've agreed in the event that he will allow me to ebay and/or donate the bulk of our books. SO is an avid reader and brings in 4+ books/week. They are taking over our house! Not to mention the expense because he will NOT go to the darn library. So my plan is to put all of our books on amazon, with a few exceptions (like the really nice hardbacks that one or both of us read at least yearly) and using the funds from that and my Swagbucks $$$ to fund the Kindle. This will save us TONS of $$$ and space in the long run.
I plan to simplify the DVDs, CDs, and video games as well. I have lots of things ready to go to gamestop now for credit so the goal is to trade in everything and to spend little (or hopefully nothing) on new/used games. We don't buy new games that often, so it shouldn't be that hard. There is one SO has been anticipating for a while though that comes out this month and I know the damn thing will be at least $50 and there's no way I'll convince him to wait until he can find a used copy. So I'll just make sure we have enough credit. New DVDs are forbidden as we have netflix. Those things take up a lot of space too! We already get our music online (legally) so we don't buy CDs either.
Clothes - My goal here is to buy everything used, AND only what we need. I have tons of things for the children's consignment shop for credit, but DS barely grows as it is so he doesn't need anything at the moment (and he still has things that are too big). I love shopping thrift for myself and really need to get back into it. I love knowing whatever I buy has already been washed and won't shrink the first time I wash it.
The only large purchase this year will be a new (to us) vehicle. We NEED it though. We will be trading in our older vehicles and using tax return money for the down payment. The van I have decided on will be much safer, better on gas, and much more reliable than the ones we have now.
Also, we will be moving this year and are in need of some new household items. I really just can't stand the idea of moving to a nice house with a ragged couch, old mattress, chipped dining ware, etc.
And we don't even OWN any dressers, just crappy plastic storage bins.
So yeah, we'll be needing to outfit our new house, BUT I am going to buy second hand or handmade as much as possible (with the exception of mattresses because that just squicks me out).