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Easy programs to help you plan and enjoy a fulfilling retirement

Easy programs to help you plan and enjoy a fulfilling retirement
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Retirement planning is a nightmare. You work hard, save money, make a few investments and then cross your fingers, hoping for the best. Of course, in the past, you still had a decent-sized Social Security check to count on each month, if your investments didn't work out.

These days, Social Security checks don't cover more than your food and rent, if that. It's more important than ever to plan for retirement, so you can continue enjoying your life as much as you do now. You want enough money so you can keep your home, pay for medical expenses, and leave a little something for the people you love.

Good news. Technology has made it easy to create a solid retirement plan. Here are four websites that'll make it easy to plan your retirement and enjoy it.

1. Where to live

Map My Retirement from Prudential helps you choose where to live. Just type in where you think you would like to retire, or have Prudential show you the best places to retire, and you're on your way to getting a monthly cost of living estimate.

Next, Map My Retirement will ask you things like how often you would like to eat out, the type of lifestyle you want to have and what size house you think you'll rent or own. From those questions, it will calculate how much money you'll need to have every month in retirement.

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