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Monday, December 21, 2009 - Page updated at 12:57 p.m.

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Your Money 2007

We asked readers to share their money questions with us, and 300 bared their financial souls in exchange for a chance at a free financial makeover. We chose seven to share with you, in hopes that the advice they got from volunteer financial planners will teach you something about managing your money better. You'll also find tips and resources to help you on your way to financial good health.

Where are they now? Checking in with past makeover participants
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Thinking ahead
Your Money 2006
Your Money 2006

As the more than 200 surveys Times readers sent to us indicate, saving money is a lot tougher these days. We offered free financial makeovers, and soon were awash in stories of distress from readers of all stages and ages. We've turned to our experts for ways to achieve security in today's climate. The financial planners offer a wide variety of useful tips and strategies.

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Retiring Well '05 - Looking forward to retirement?

What's your plan? Some speculate we're heading toward becoming a nation of the haves and have-nots — the "have-retirement-savings" and the "have-none," that is. You don't want to be a "have-not." We offer this guide as a resource to find your way to financial security.

Financial makeoversFinancial makeovers
We arranged for four volunteers to get a free financial plan.
Nest eggSpending your nest egg
How to make your money last as long as you do.
In retirementIn retirement
Moving from Seattle to a cheaper locale is one way to stretch a buck
Leaving a legacyLeaving a legacy
Charitable giving can fulfill personal legacy.

Achieving a secure retirement isn't easy. We can help you get there.
The bottom line: It's up to you.

Maybe you took a hit in the stock market. Or you've yet to see your own recovery from the recession. Maybe it's a struggle just to make this month's rent or mortgage payment. In this uncertain climate, you might think: Who can plan for retirement? Today more than ever, you'd better look to yourself to ensure a comfortable life after your career ends.

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