Last Updated Aug 12, 2010 10:44 AM EDT
But most people aren't like me, and they don't necessarily take action steps based on facts, figures, and analysis. For many, seeing is believing -- and pictures have a greater impact on their decision-making than mere numbers. So if that's you, I'm here to help.
Here's a different take on figuring out how much you should save for retirement. What will you be eating and drinking in retirement? You'll find out by sampling the Retirement Savings Menu.
Save Nothing, and Here's What Your Retirement Diet Looks Like
Save 5 Percent of Your Pay, And Your Diet Improves a Little
Save 10 Percent of Your Pay, and Life Starts Looking Good
Save 15 Percent of Your Pay, and Now You're Cooking! (pardon the pun)
Get the picture?
Hopefully these images will motivate you to actually do the math to calculate how much to save for your retirement. I highly recommend using an online retirement calculator for this task; below I've listed some good posts on CBS MoneyWatch that will get you started.
More on CBS MoneyWatch
Retirement Calculator Roundup: Top Tools for Boomers
Top Tips for Using Retirement Calculators
How to Choose the Right Retirement Calculator for You
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