3 retirement planning must-dos for 20-somethings

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    By Rebecca Lake/smartasset

    The decisions you make in your 20s can shape your future for years to come. That's especially true when it comes to your finances. Between slaying your student loan debt and trying to launch a career, saving for retirement probably falls pretty low on your list of priorities. But it's not something you can afford to neglect, even if you have several decades to build up your nest egg.

    You don't want to let your 20s slip by without building a solid foundation for the future.

    Click ahead for a look at three things you need to be doing to ensure a big payoff down the road.