Retirement strategies for saving a million dollars -- at every age. Thinkstock By the editors of Kiplinger's Personal Finance Updated January 2015 The road to $1 million starts early, but there's hope, and help, for late bloomers. Choose your age category below to see how much you need to save each month to accumulate $1 million by age 65. You'll also find strategies to fit retirement saving into the rest of your life. At age 25, you're starting from scratch. At ages 35, 45 and 55, we assume you already have money in savings on which you're earning 8% annually. Even if you can't save quite this much now, our step-by-step guide will help you set priorities for every stage of life. Twentysomethings You're just starting your career, so this is your chance to build a solid financial foundation. Thirtysomethings You may be starting a family or preparing to buy a home. Balance you short-term needs with long-term savings goals. Fortysomethings You may be juggling the needs of a growing family and aging parents, but don't take a break from retirement savings. Fiftysomethings Take advantage of your peak earning years to top off your savings.