Happy February 29th – Leap into Retirement Savings

As February 29th approaches for the first time in 4 years, Leap Day serves as a reminder that time is a precious commodity. When it comes to retirement planning, starting early is key. The extra day in February pushes us to evaluate our financial goals and consider how we can make the most of our time before and throughout retirement. Here we have suggestions to include in your retirement planning, consider taking some of the extra time you have this month to get a plan in place, and set yourself up for a successful and happy retirement.


Maximize Retirement Contributions

Use Leap Day to evaluate your retirement account contributions. Can you make an extra contribution or increase your regular contributions to take advantage of compounding over the long term? Assessing and maximizing contributions now can significantly impact your retirement savings.

Explore Tax-Efficient Strategies

Take a leap into tax-efficient retirement planning. Explore opportunities such as contributing to tax-advantaged accounts like IRAs and 401(k)s. Evaluate the tax implications of your investment choices and consider strategies to minimize taxes in retirement. A tax-savvy approach can leave you with more in your pocket during your golden years. Check out HCG’s blog post on tax credits for extended care expenses.

Create a Comprehensive Retirement Budget

Leap Day serves as a reminder to be extra thorough in your retirement budgeting. Factor in potential healthcare and long-term care costs, travel plans, outstanding debts and mortgages, and any other specific goals you have for retirement. Adjust your budget accordingly to ensure you’re prepared for a comfortable and worry-free retirement.

Consider Longevity in Financial Planning

As you celebrate this extra day, consider the longevity of your retirement savings. With increased life expectancies, ensure your financial plan accounts for a potentially longer retirement. Explore insurance options and annuities, or other strategies, to safeguard against outliving your resources.

Reviewing Social Security Strategies

Leap into optimizing your Social Security benefits. Evaluate when to start claiming benefits based on your unique circumstances. Consider factors like health, life expectancy, and other income sources. Maximizing your Social Security can significantly enhance your overall retirement income.


As we embrace Leap Day, let it serve as an opportunity for thoughtful retirement planning. Just as this extra day in February is a rare occurrence, retirement is a once-in-a-lifetime event that deserves careful consideration. Using this bonus day to reassess your goals, budget, and investment strategies, can set you on a path to a secure and healthy retirement.