The Debt Free Guys

Who are we?

We’re David Auten and John Schneider. Despite having had thirteen years of combined experience in financial services when we first started to date, we were two thirty-something professionals with $51,000 of combined credit card debt.

As husbands, we’re now debt free. As business partners, we’re The Debt Free Guys, personal finance authors, bloggers, podcasters, and speakers. We specialize in and are the only gay couple talking about money and the queer community. We believe financially strong queer individuals and allies are necessary to continue our fight for LGBT equality and for LGBT people to live more fulfilled lives.

We have over thirty years of combined experience in finance working for firms such as Charles Schwab, American Century, and Investnet. John holds his Series 7, 63, 9/10, 66, and 24.

Using our personal and professional experiences with money, we’ve written for Yahoo Finance, Huffington Post, Business Insider, MSN Money and Time and more. We’ve been featured on US News & World Report, MarketWatch,, Christian Science Monitor, and others.

We host the Queer Money™ podcast on which they talk about the financial nuances of the queer community and highlight other successful queer people. We’ve appeared on many notable podcasts, including Like a Mother with Emma Johnson, So Money with Farnoosh Torabi, Stacking Benjamins, and The Money Mastermind Show.

Where are we?

We host the Queer Money™ Show, a podcast (iTunes, SoundCloudSticher) and YouTube show (Debt Free Guys’ YouTube Channel). We’ve published three eBooks in the #MoneyConscious Series and a fourth, hard-copy book, called 4: The Four Principles of a Debt Free Life.

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