Financial Coaching for Women: How To Budget, Manage Money, Pay Off Debt, Save Money, Paycheck Plans

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***TOP 1.5% MONEY & FINANCIAL SUPPORT PODCAST***Do you make good money but have nothing to show for it? Tired of using your bank account & credit card balances as your budget? Want to get debt-free but don’t want to sacrifice everything to do it? Ready to save money and build generational wealth?You’re in the right place!We’re telling you exactly how to budget, pay off debt, save money & stop living paycheck to paycheck.We’re Shana & Vanessa: BFFs, business partners & Dave Ramsey Solutions Master Financial Coaches (and unofficial marriage counselors). We’re glad you’re here.

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  • Aly Raisman lover
    Changing my relationship with money
    Shana & Vanessa’s practical, clear, and actionable advice is changing the way I think about money. After one month of listening to their podcast, I understand what I need to do differently. Now, I want everyone to listen to this podcast, starting with my daughter! This podcast is truly a wealth of budgeting in money management. Thank you, Shana and Vanessa you are amazing.
  • smalltownmom4
    Helpful Tips for family budgets
    Thank you for all the information! I have tried for years to budget and failing. I feel like with your tips and advice my family can stick to the budget and teach our goals.
  • Tanya from MN
    Budget Brilliance!
    What a wonderful resource for women like me who are making a good living but seem to have nothing left over. I have always been a budgeter but the method Shana and Vanessa teach is so much better than what I used to do! This podcast is on top of my “binge listen” list! Keep up the great work, ladies!! Tanya-The Grace Filled Leader
  • Emily/cook
    Understandable, Practical, and Effective!
    I started listening to this podcast in January of 2024. I needed guidance which I could understand, which was practical for my hectic single momma life, and effective. These AMAZING ladies offer financial advise and guidance which is all of this and more. There is no judgment and the heart of this show is to help and empower woman who want to manage their finances in a way which improves their life. I have already applied some of their strategies and am excited to change my financial jounrey for the better!
  • ostatepoke1
    Best advice
    I absolutely love this podcast! Shana & Vanessa have some very practical advice that you can start using today. Also the free call is real! I didn’t feel rushed during our call and I was able to ask questions and get some answers.
  • lil chestnut
    Content May be Accurate but Podcast is Unprofessional
    I had a hard time listening to this podcast. Their content may be accurate however it’s difficult to say as their podcasting abilities (editing, vocal tone, scripting) are minimal. I found this to be a very unprofessional podcast and difficult to follow as each episode didn’t seem to have a pre-scripted plan of how each host would share their knowledge.
  • Ashlie G.
    Financial Advice 101
    I wish they taught us these things in school. Love the podcast and advice!
  • CHawk0017
    Helpful research
    I found these ladies podcast very informative, we’re looking at ways to get our finances more organized and budgeted this year and I really enjoyed their information and plan to listen to their show more frequently. The 30 min free call with them was a super helpful and positive experience.
  • Bella2718
    Info good but they talk too fast
    Please slow down. I want to listen but you talk way too fast.
  • gelavuk
    Love this podcast
    I love listening to the episodes whenever they release. I am learning so much from you guys. I have created virtual wallets with different accounts for a few different budget items which has really helped me. I also keep some of my budget items in cash. I am doing things little by little to try to get myself in a better financial situation. Thank you so much for all of the advice, and I look forward to listening to future podcasts! if I can afford it, I would love to work with you guys in the future!
  • Lprice81
    Answer to Prayer!
    Early this year I prayed for the Lord to help us with finances, specifically for guidance and clarity. This summer I found Shana and Vanessa’s podcast, a literal answer to that ongoing prayer. I finally found something that makes sense, that I can actually implement, and I’m more excited than ever about our financial future. Since listening to their podcast, we’ve paid off a vehicle and credit card. I’m digging into the Budget Power Hour template and planning to schedule coaching soon. So grateful and highly recommend the podcast and Budget Power Hour!
  • liz77077
    Stumbled across this podcast right on time!
    Super happy and excited to have found your advice! Thank you for being so transparent and helpful! I enjoy binge listening to your episodes and gathering so much knowledge!
  • Financially Functionable
    Glad I found this podcast
    My wife and I both went through a professional change this summer. One paycheck went and one went down. I was in a tailspin, stressed out, and mad that I gave up in budgeting years before. I knew I had to get my wife involved with our finances and finding the Financial coaches for women was a great bridge. I love the short but great insight and content they speak about. Definitely on a level my wife and I both can understand and then tailor it to our situations. There are other podcast out there, but these ladies have our attention and we are customers because of their podcast! Keep up the great work! Thank you for helping me keep what brown hair I have left on my head. Best regards!
  • Dañielle
    Love love love this podcast!!
    I started from day 1 a few weeks ago, and caught up this week. I couldn’t stop listening! I caught myself getting out of bed at 4 am just to start listening again. They talk about every day life whether it be from finances to family and even a little bit of organizing. My biggest struggles at the beginning were automating my finances and including my entire family in on budget talk. Growing up it was frowned upon to talk to the family about budgets, so therefore I never learned a single thing! What I did learn was negative and I carried that with me through most of my adult life. Since listening to this podcast I have been able to confidently manage certain things I didn’t even know where to begin with. Things I would often give up on because they were too complicated for me to grasp. While I still may not be perfect at it, just listening to them helps hold me accountable and allows me to breath a little easier when it’s time to sit down and have the budget meeting with my husband. I really couldn’t be more thankful for Shana and Vanessa allowing us to hear their tips and tricks to make finance easier and less stressful. I share this show with every single person I talk to, and I probably talk about it more than I should 🙃
  • kashschatz
    Good podcast
    I really like the podcast and find it informative. I do wish the host wouldn’t give out nutrition advice. Overconsumption of any food is not healthy and can cause health problems. Please stop blaming it on candy or chips. Overall good financial advice and I’ll continue to listen but please stick to your trade.
  • Little-i.
    Subscribed!
    Love the practical advice offered on this show. Shana and Vanessa obviously know what they’re doing. Can’t wait to see results from implementing their tips! -Erika Diaz-Castro // Her Renewed Strength-The Podcast
  • Dmazz13
    Good info but—
    These women need to enunciate when they speak. So much of their speech comes out garbled; there are so many filler words; and they are talking too fast which just makes many statements unclear. Overall the info is helpful but it would sound much better if they slow down and speak purposefully so it sounds less like a drunken rant.
  • Msb1805
    Such a great resource!
    I just love all of your topics! So many great tidbits to help with reducing debt and living within our means. And I love the biblical aspect that you include.
  • CNJ1020
    great money adice , horrible nutrition advice
    dietitian here 👋🏻Consider bringing on experts when you’re speaking outside your expertise like many other successful shows do frequently. The grocery budget show this week was awful - labeling foods as junk/bad/good is inaccurate at best and harmful at worst. Additionally the nutrition tips were almost all not factual. “Don’t send anyone into the world with cereal in their belly” 🫣 cereal covers MANY types of foods and not all are high sugar or even highly processed. Remember your scope of expertise and do better, friends!
  • JamJam0000
    Love love love!!!!
    I have been ignoring my finances for years. I am not proud. I finally decided enough is enough. That’s when I found this podcast. These ladies are the best!!! They explain everything really well and it is honest financial advise. No gimmicks or shams. I had a free 30 minute consult which was so helpful to get me started. I have never been so excited about my finances. I cannot thank you enough.
  • CLA.3020
    When i didn’t know where to go for help.
    It was the tipping point. I spent 3 times what I initially intended to on a pot for my plants. And what I have been suspecting for a while stroke me. I had to stop. I was spending way over my budget every month. So, I looked up on apple podcast: How to save money, and Ideal Balance came up. It has been just the support I had been looking for. The step by step. The how to start and beyond. Since listening to Ideal Balance I have not only been improving my finances but also my everyday habits thanks to Vanessa and Shana’s recommendations.
  • RachaelGroll
    So so good 🩷
    Love the female voice speaking into this space. Thank you for this resource!
  • rebelmom875
    Umm hi!
    Obsessed w podcasts and was browsing for new ones when I came across a familiar face! Binged a few episodes and I have to say, “Way to go girl!” So happy for you and the journey life has taken you on so far!
  • mama cabinet
    Super motivating!
    These ladies are so fun but also very helpful! My family and I live off of one income and I have been wanting to know more about how to delegate that money well and make sure we are being good stewards of what has been provided but did know how and in what ways I could Improve, these ladies showed me how! Their methods are very doable and the information they share is so helpful for budgeting and managing finances! Thank you ladies for all your wisdom and helping a STAHM be better!
  • KellyAnnnCan
    Smart women
    I’ve been working with Vanessa for a couple months now. After following this podcast for a while I took a chance and a signed up for personal coaching. It has been a game changer for me. Vanessa goes above and beyond to help me manager my finances and spending. I appreciate the bi monthly organizational homework. It’s making me accountable and I feel super empowered.
  • Emsaylu
    An answer to my prayers
    I was praying for more financial guidance that is scripture based and this is it!
  • aubreyblmt
    I needed this
    I love how you guys partner up for this podcast, it’s super refreshing and you make all of these big money issues seems so simple. I absolutely love that.
  • Mary // The Made To Be Podcast
    Your Go-To Podcast for Rocking Your Finances!
    Alright, so I stumbled upon the “Ideal Balance“ podcast, and let me tell you, it's a real gem. These hosts totally get it – they break down the money stuff, making budgeting and money management feel less like a chore and instead, a real source of empowerment. I love that this podcast zeroes in on those money challenges we all face and their down-to-earth advice makes taking ownership over your finances so approachable. Seriously, whether you're just dipping your toes or you're a money pro, you gotta tune in. Thank you Shana and Vanessa for dishing out this fun, empowering money wisdom! 🎉
  • aloha kerri
    Breathe! Relax. You can do this.
    Best financial coaching podcast I’ve ever listened to. I feel like I have two new friends who have my back and believe in me as I work on this road of simplifying and rethinking my money mindset. Thanks for the light touch on a rough topic but also a candidly saying what I need to hear. I’d give this ten stars!
  • FaithLivedOut
    Insightful and informative
    Insightful and informative. A must listen if you’re ready to get your financial life in order!
  • AngelaBolton
    Love this podcast and the coaching!
    Earlier this year I wanted to learn about money and budgeting and that’s when I found Ideal Balance. It is so great to listen to two women, who are friends, who obviously adore each other, who are so supportive toward each other and their families, talk about money, how to budget, how to get out of debt, how to stay out of debt, and how to live abundantly. After only a few months of coaching I can now see how these things can actually happen for me and my family. Even before doing the coaching, I learned so much from their podcasts. Thank you Shana and Vanessa!
  • jesraye
    3 ways to stop impulse spending
    So needed to hear this! I can't wait to implement all I'm learning and get back on track! Good buy impulse buys and guilt! Hello budgeting and joy! Can't wait to hear more!
  • BYFamily94
    A WEALTH of information!
    Wowzers!! So thankful for you ladies going so deep to share your wisdom with us! I have lots to learn from y’all! -Bekah
  • Jen Rogers, Stepfamily Coach
    Practical, fun, relatable, realistic 💯
    ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️So good. Honest convos about the challenges of managing money. This show is all about quick wins to gain momentum!! Financial freedom is possible-get there faster with this podcast! Great work! Jen~Bold & Blended Stepmoms Podcast
  • Let’s Unpack That w Alex&Grace
    If you love Dave Ramsey, you’ll love this show!!
    My husband and I looove listening to The Ramsey Show - and what a GEM this podcast is, that it’s from the perspective of women who are business-savvy, money smart, while also prioritizing their faith, personal lives, and families on top of it all. In a world where women hold so many roles and responsibilities - with pressures on every side (including from ourselves) - but ironically are very rarely properly EQUIPPED on how to actually do and navigate through it all (and from a biblical lens!), this podcast is so refreshing and such a rich blessing... no pun intended :) Cannot wait to keep listening and learning through these episodes!! -Grace from Let’s Unpack That with Alex
  • Anna-YT
    Great meal planning tips!
    Just listened to the episode where Shana and Vanessa talk about menu planning and grocery shopping. Really appreciate the tips and system that Chelsie shares around having the family help with the menu planning for the week with the index cards! Thank you! ~ Anna
  • JConner0623
    Love the content, hate the sound quality.
    I really struggle with harshness of the sound quality on this awesome podcast. It sounds like there’s an echo and makes it really hard to listen to. If you’re not sensitive to this, like me, give it a listen, these women know their stuff and the episodes are CHOCK FULL of incredibly helpful and insightful content.
  • The SHE IS Podcast
    Great Resource!
    This podcast is a must listen for women! Love the wisdom and practical tools shared for us to thrive in our finances!🙌🏼
  • Texas_Meg
    For the ladies...finally!
    Why is there so much "man splaining" in the financial space? Thanks for offering relatable, financial advice that any woman can use!
  • Tim Maudlin
    Want Financial Peace of Mind? Listen to This!
    These two BFF’s can literally finish each other’s sentences. That’s how in sync they are with each other. And that’s how in sync you will be with your finances when you listen to their podcast. Check out Ideal Balance with Shana and Vanessa. Highly recommend!!!
  • Catch Your Breath with Inga
    Practical and Useful
    I am so thankful for this podcast becasue Vanessa and Shana really make financial management seem so doable and way less intimidating. You leave each episode feeling like you can actually manage your money without the stress!
  • mike10032
    Love the budgeting tips
    So much helpful tips and info on budgeting and money management. Your financial advice is 🔥!
  • LindsayWalk
    So Much Goodness!
    I love how this podcast breaks things down and gives practical tools and resources to help with financial overwhelm! As a working mom who deals with the majority of my family’s finances, this podcast is the support and encouragement I need! Lindsay, Faith Led Working Moms Podcast
  • Kris Tip
    So relatable and encouraging!
    Ah this is so helpful! This is exactly what I need- understanding where I’m at but also challenging me to move forward! I also love the feel of joining these two at a coffee shop and chatting about real life. I’m ready to learn and grow! Thank you for being here!
  • Jubeeju
    So helpful
    Loving all the money management tips!!! So valuable!! 🔥🔥🔥
  • Melinda D V
    Ideal Advice!
    Let Shana and Vanessa show you how to budget and balance, create systems and organize! Such a great show for everyone who makes money. Mel Vandevort | Choose Your Next Yes and Empowered Educator Podcasts
  • Kerri MWCL
    Learning so much!!
    We’re looking to make some big financial decisions this year and this podcast is exactly what I needed to help provide guidance, tips and insight!!! Can’t want to binge!!! Kerri | Mom Wife Career Life podcast
  • Tx99_nf
    LOVE!!
    Such helpful info on money management and becoming debt free! This is a must listen podcast!
  • Jesse's Girl 1979
    Fun and helpful
    These ladies have a great dynamic. You can tell that they are best friends, and they share lots of common sense budgeting tips. I like Dave Ramsey‘s method, but I didn’t really like the way he came across. You ladies are much more fun, and you understand a lot more about my budgeting needs than he does. Great work!
  • Growing Glowing Green
    Better Balance with Shana and Vanessa!
    Thank you ladies for teaming up to tackle these tough topics!
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