The one piece of financial advice that I can personally say is 100% true is automatic savings. Since September 06, I have managed to grow an e-fund to over $1,300.00, use it down and build it back up to the current amount of $527.00. I saved this amount without much effort on my part. ING makes it real easy. The direct deposit form can be printed from the website with all the information.
My advice to anyone struggling to start saving would be to set up direct deposit. Make savings automatic, you will see how quickly it grows.