The latest "how much" figure is still scary but I have an update on the answer, from the March and April editions of Money magazine.
In any project, you need a baseline. You need to be able to clearly look back and see how much the pineapple has grown (hopefully) or the enthusiasm might dwindle a bit.
So now I have my first step toward my goals, I need to work out where I'm starting from as I work to grow me some pineapples
It seems as if there are three distinct levels of what you need for retirement: the high end, the middle groun, and what the Barefoot Investor calls the Don Bradman.
So I guess the first question is, when can I hope to retire (not want, cause you know, tomorrow is good for me) and the second question is, of course, how much will I need.