I moved in about 3 months ago and I still need to buy the following items for my kitchen:
Pots and Pans
Measuring jug (/s?)
Spatulas, normal, angled, rubber scraper
Nested various size sieves
vegetable peeler (e.g. swivel-bladed)
Instant read thermometer
I am not a poor man, and I can afford to invest in high quality products that for their longevity will work out cheaper than lower quality alternatives (and they might also save money indirectly by saving time).
I'm also a tight git and rarely buy anything unless it is at substantial discount/representing exceptional value for money, even if that means waiting for a deal to come along when I could forgo that notion and just buy what I need.
But admittedly, that's going to have to take the backburner for now - I simply can't cook without some of these items, and if I'm spending extra money on takeaways, that's going to cost me much more to my wallet and my health, so the more essential items I'll take a hit on if necessary I suppose (I had considered buying cheap tat and then replacing it when a deal came along, but I've decided that will probably cancel out the saving on most things!).
Please, recommend me purchases. I'll update the thread and strike off items as I kit out my kitchen. This list could become a fantastic resource for people moving into their first home.