I religiously put $1025 of my pre-tax income into my 401(k) each month. My employer contributes an additional 6%.
As of April 23, 2010, I had $190,000 squirreled away for my sunset years.
Today, I have $169,000.
Welcome to the roller coaster.
Ideally, I should close my eyes, continue the contributions, and see where I stand in 8 years when I plan to retire.
Realistically, I keep peeking! And worrying!
This is, no doubt, a function of my age. If I were in my twenties, thirties, heck--even my forties, I could be more sanguine about the upheavals in the stock market. But this is my immediate future we're playing with. And it's scary!