Originally Posted by Lisa99
Wanted to report the results I got today in running FireCalc and ESPlanner Plus 'side by side'. I'd become a bit concerned that I was running scenarios in FireCalc only so I bought ESPlanner Plus to do a double check.
It is usually a good idea to get multiple opinions. Thanks for sharing.
I have also used ESPlanner and really like it. It can be overwhelming at first, but it grows on you. Tabs for Earnings, Assets & Savings, Retirement Accounts, Pensions & Annuities, SS, Estate, Primary Home, Vacation Home, Real Estate, Special, 529 Plans, Assumptions, Contingent Plans, Planning Method. Most of those have multiple sub-tabs. So you can imagine it could take a fair amount of effort to enter everything. I do not use a lot of the tabs so did not find it too bad. And, of course, you only enter it once.
It is easy to quickly find the "bottom line" in the output, and easy to spend hours in Excel detail output if you wish - take your pick.
The product is actively supported - I've been following it for a couple years and they have made some good improvements.
I've generally found my results to be in the same ballpark with the two tools.