You’ll probably come to rely on Social Security to some degree in retirement, whether it’s for basic expenses, emergency bills, or leisure purposes. As such, it pays to do what you can to score the largest monthly benefit possible. And believe it or not, there are a few things you can do this year to make that happen.
Your Social Security benefits are based on your personal earnings history — specifically, how much you earned during your 35 most profitable years in the workforce. If you make an effort to boost your paycheck this year, you could eventually be in line for a larger benefit in retirement.