About Affording Motherhood

As a financial coach, I provide families with the guidance and support you need to manage your finances with confidence—so you can stop stressing about money.


Together, we walk through the journey of paying off debt and saving for the future, so you can actually enjoy this precious time with your children.

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Our children grow up way too fast, and we can never get that time back

My family enjoying a debt-free week at the lake together.

That’s why I’m passionate about helping women and couples achieve stress-free family finances through financial coaching.
  • I have a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree from the University of Idaho where I graduated Summa Cum Laude — and where I met my hubby.
  • I’ve been trained by Dave Ramsey and his team and received the designation of Ramsey Solutions Master Financial Coach.
  • Since 2014, I’ve had the joy of guiding over 5,000 families toward a more secure financial future through my premium workshops, group coaching programs, and one-on-one coaching.

My family enjoying a debt-free week at the lake together.

My heart leaps with joy every time I get an email from a client telling me about how she’s:
  • Paid off $30,000 in debt in just a few months
  • Paid cash for a car 6 months sooner than expected
  • Or funded her emergency savings
But I think my favorite thing is when my money coaching clients tell me that:
  • The guilt and stress surrounding money is melting away
  • They’re paying cash for an anniversary trip with their husband
  • Or taking their kids to the beach for a week

The real value of financial coaching lies in strengthening your family relationships

Taken by my future hubby on one of our many memorable adventures in college.

Everything changed when my first baby was born

Becoming a mom changes everything.

I couldn’t imagine dropping him off at daycare for even a moment.

I wanted to be the one to feed him, rock him, and stare into his drooly smile for 16 hours a day, but our finances were a mess.

Saddled with huge student loan and mortgage payments on a house we couldn’t afford (and couldn’t sell due to the Recession), we ended up losing our home in a short sale.

Although I tried to budget, something unexpected would always come up that would throw us off track. After that, it was tough to stay motivated when nothing we did seemed to work, and I couldn’t help blaming myself for putting us in that terrible situation.

Becoming a mom changes everything.

I guess we had to hit rock bottom before we could turn things around.

Checking out construction on our dream home. Feeling incredibly blessed!

I am forever grateful to Stacy Meyer, a blogger who shared her family’s story of living debt free.

Before that, I never imagined that paying off debt was possible in our lifetime, let alone in less than a year.


  • In 9 months we paid off $22,000 in debt to become debt free
  • After that, we built our emergency fund and saved a 20% down payment for our dream home
  • The best part is that I now feel confident knowing we’re in control of our finances, and we can enjoy watching children growing up without being overwhelmed by money stress.

Checking out construction on our dream home. Feeling incredibly blessed!

I understand how it feels to try so hard and still fail with money.

No one should have to face the guilt and anxiety that come with financial struggles alone.

I can help you to take the short path to financial success, rather than the long and winding one up the rocky cliff. I’d love to walk that journey alongside you as I have for so many others.

Are you ready to get started with financial coaching?

Here’s how:

  1. Book a Complimentary Consultation
  2. We’ll Create a Customized Plan
  3. Then, We’ll Walk the Plan Together

Don’t let financial stress infiltrate your family life for one more day.

I understand how it feels to try so hard and still fail with money.

Having fun on Mother’s Day with my two sillies. So grateful I never have to miss a moment with them.

I’m blessed to live in beautiful North Idaho with my husband and two little ones.

Snuggling my nephew by the campfire on the 4th. This is what it’s all about!

And I’m so grateful to be at home with them every day.

Well most days; I am human after all! My kids are a constant source of inspiration and remind me why this passionate calling for helping families with their finances is so important. Together we love to go for walks, boat rides, and spend time with our extended family. We’re also involved at the same church where I grew up.

I serve financial coaching clients in-person in the Coeur d’Alene and Spokane areas, and virtually in the comfort of your home, wherever that may be.

Snuggling my nephew by the campfire on the 4th. This is what it’s all about!

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What you need to know about working with a financial coach…

In the end, it’s all about the results that I can help you as the client achieve, and I love sharing my clients’ inspiring personal finance success stories.

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I have experience helping clients with a long list of services related to saving for the future and paying off debt. As a financial coach, I find that a one-size-fits-all approach rarely works. You need personalized care and planning for maximum success. That’s why I tailor every financial coaching package to your individual needs.

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When you’re struggling financially, it’s easy to hesitate before investing in financial coaching. You’re probably wondering how much this will cost and whether it will really be worth it.

The good news is, I have a range of options available that can benefit any income level. 

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Snuggling my nephew by the campfire on the 4th. This is what it’s all about!

Here are a few places I’ve been featured:

  • Apartment Therapy. May 21, 2020. “Student Loans Make It Harder to Buy a Home, But Here’s How You Can Make It Happen.”
  • Business Insider. September 2, 2015. “How one woman paid off $22,000 of student loan debt in only 9 months.”
  • Good Housekeeping. October 5, 2017. “This Chart Will Help You Tell If You’re Overspending on Groceries”
  • Mint. “Expert Interview with Shannon Brown of Growing Slower on Budgeting For A Family.”
  • Go Banking Rates. September 5, 2018. “15 Ways to Pay Off Student Loans.”
  • Go Banking Rates. December 30, 2015. “13 Financial New Year’s Resolutions You Should Make.”
  • SeedTime Money. August 20, 2018. “How We Paid Off Our Debt.”
  • Biz Mavens Podcast. “024: How To Run a Pilot Program for a Stronger Online Course, with Brandice Lardner & Shannon Clark”
  • The Humbled Homemaker. Regular contributor from 2014 to 2018.
  • His and Her Money Podcast. “HNH 019: How Shannon Brown Eliminated $22,000 of Student Loans in Just 9 Months.” 15 Dec. 2014.
  • Your Personal Financial Mentor. 2016, May 6. “Your Emergency Fund: Ways to Stop Procrastinating and Find Financial Peace of Mind”
  • Community Library Network Learn and Earn series. April 13, 2019. “How to Start a Profitable Blog on a Budget.”
  • Family Balance Sheet. “Shannon & Her Husband Paid off $22,000 in 9 Months.”

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