I realize the difficulty getting a budget together. For many, many years I would begin a budget, stick with it for a month, maybe two, and then start everything all over again. Part of my problem, I believe, was the software available at the time. One being Quicken, another was GnuCash and yet another was Microsoft's "Money". None of them were able to keep my interest (although I stuck with GnuCash for quite a while). None of these software’s seemed intuitive enough and would inevitably "give up"; never really seeing improvement.
One of the problems was that none of them came with a "method" like YNAB does. I mean, they were all simple enough to track my spending and keep up a digital ledger but only the YNAB has been able to make me think differently about my income and how I dictate where that money goes. The software allows you to really take control of your money as well as plan ahead for whatever your heart desires such as vacations, a new home or car and for the inevitable "rainy days" with these four simple rules:
Rule One: Give Every Dollar a Job
Rule Two: Save for a Rainy Day
Rule Three: Roll With the Punches
Rule Four: Live on Last Month's Income
If you stick with this method for just a few months you will notice a difference and be much more aware of where you money is going, which in turn helps you make better decisions. Its a hands on software which means its designed to involve you, not just manage your money for you auto-magically. You are in charge; no one else.
For help with the above method check out YNAB's Support page. http://www.youneedabudget.com/support
You will find tons of help with the Free Online Classes, Discussion Forums and Video Tutorials.
YNAB is worth every penny of the $60 price. They also have apps for both Android and iPhones.
YNAB works on Mac, Windows and with some tweaking Linux (yay for Wine!)