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Saturday, April 22, 2006 - Page updated at 12:00 AM

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Help for your makeover

On the Web

www.ssa.gov/planners/calculators.htm Compute what you can expect from Uncle Sam in retirement.

www.money.com/ultimateretirement Multipart calculator serves as reality check to what your savings plan will yield.

www.aarp.org AARP offers some of the most comprehensive online material, plus free booklets on topics such as financial planning, health insurance, Medicare. Order from www.aarp.org/booklets">www.aarp.org/booklets or 1-888-OUR-AARP (1-888-687-2277).

www.seattletimes.com/yourmoneyOur interactive calculator helps you calculate how much money you'll need for retirement.

Books

"Smart and Simple Financial Strategies for Busy People," by Jane Bryant Quinn, Simon & Schuster, 2006. Save more money and get out of debt.

"The Number: A Completely Different Way to Think About the Rest of Your Life," by Lee Eisenberg, Free Press 2006. Envision the retirement lifestyle you want, then figure out what you need to save to retire worry-free.

"The Money Book for the Young, Fabulous & Broke" by Suze Orman, Riverhead Hardcover, 2005. Getting in the saving habit.

"Your Money or Your Life: Transforming Your Relationship with Money and Achieving Financial Independence," by Joe Dominguez and Vicki Robin (paperback new edition from Penguin Books, 1999). Challenges readers to re-evaluate their spending, live more cheaply, start saving, and retire early. The Seattle-based New Road Map Foundation offers study groups based on the book at www.newroadmap.org

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