Get Rich Slowly. Check it out. You'll find he has tons of good ideas and stories.
However, back to the budgeting plan. . . in J.D. Roth's very readable book he tells of a very simple budgeting plan proposed in another book, All Your Worth by Elizabeth Warren and Amelia Tyagi (I haven't read All Your Worth yet -- but I plan to). These two authors recommend dividing your take-home money into 3 simple categories.
1. 50% of your money for needs: housing, food, transportation, insurance, basic wardrobe. . . (this is where some hacking and slashing may be needed -- a very worthy endeavor)
2. 30% of your money for wants: eating out, extra clothes, books, cable TV, hobbies, travel. . .
3. 20% of your money for savings (this should be used for paying off debt if that is where you are on your financial journey)
(For those of us who pay a tithe to our church, I would suggest dividing your money into these 3 percentage categories AFTER you've paid tithing -- otherwise you'll get all goofed up.)
This balanced plan (as they describe it) lets you have fun (30% of your take-home pay is A LOT of fun!) while living within your means AND paying off debt or saving for your future. If you've struggled to live on a budget, give this really good method a try. Let me know if it helps!