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THE Best Retirement Calculator EVER

What is the best retirement calculator

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How the best retirement calculator can help compare several different scenarios 

Most online retirement calculators are vague and leave you with more questions than answers. But Lauren Boland has developed what we believe is THE best retirement calculator EVER, a tool that will clarify how to plan for a secure future. Lauren is a tech genius with experience working for Deloitte, Lockheed Martin, and The Motley Fool. She has spent many years working on the cFIREsim retirement calculator, which is good.

On this episode of Queer Money®, Lauren joins us to explain why retirement planning is challenging for people, especially those of us in the LGBTQ+ community. Lauren discusses why it’s important for queer folks to be authentic to ourselves as we plan for retirement and describes how her cFIREsim differs from standard retirement calculators.

Listen in as Lauren walks us through a sample simulation on her retirement calculator and learn how to leverage the cFIREsim to plan a retirement that works for you!

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Topics covered on the best retirement calculator

  • Why retirement planning is so hard for people, especially the LGBTQ+ community
  • The benefit of the requirement for employers to auto-enroll all new hires in employer-sponsored retirement plans
  • How the discourse around what retirement should look like has expanded in the last few years
  • Why it’s important for the queer community (especially trans folks) to be authentic to ourselves as we plan for retirement
  • How retirement planning can serve as an act of resistance for the LGBTQ+ community
  • What inspired Lauren to build the cFIREsim, and how it differs from standard retirement calculators 
  • How Lauren’s retirement calculator allows us to compare several different retirement scenarios
  • Examples of how to use Lauren’s calculator to run retirement simulations and read the results
  • How to add adjustments for part-time work, small businesses, or real estate investments in Lauren’s retirement calculator
  • How to save your simulations in Lauren’s retirement calculator for future reference



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We’re David and John Auten-Schneider, the Debt Free Guys (, and the Queer Money® podcast hosts. We help queer people (and allies) live fabulously, not fabulously broke, by helping them 1) pay off credit card debt, 2) become part- or full-time entrepreneurs and 3) save and invest for retirement.

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