I deeply respect other get out of debt way-showers who have demonstrated a high principle of openness and transparency, such as Man vs. Debt's Radical Financial Transparency. I found his example to be both inspiring and an invaluable great learning tool.
So... after my first 3 days of “Logging What I Spent”:
I observed myself spending less on groceries this weekend. I checked my bank balance before i went to the store and estimated what i could spend. Knowing i would get paid on Monday, I decided to hold off on buying the extras that i love but are not a necessity. This way i could keep a comfortable cushion in my bank account. It felt quite empowering to be consciously checking before spending!!!
Also I noticed at the beginning of the month with rent and utilities there are more expenses then income, seeing this also helped me to slow my spending on non-essentials.
I encourage others on the program to post your comments on your awarenesses, observations, learnings, wins, challenges or anything else you want to share or ask.
Maintaining a neutral place within while watching your actions will help you make more self-empowering choices and help you move out of negative habits sooner and ease-fully. You can make mistakes and learn from them without beating yourself up about it!!