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Many investors are missing out on one of the most valuable parts of retirement planning: time.

A Bankrate survey found that almost 36% of respondents have never had a retirement account.

Not saving enough for retirement is a big financial regret for many people, the research found.

There’s a key reason for that remorse. For every year you don’t invest and allow your money to compound, you may cost yourself tens of thousands of dollars in the future.

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Admittedly, there are many obstacles that can stand in your way if you want to save more. These can range from lack of access to a retirement savings plan at work to fulfilling other financial goals, like saving for big-ticket items such as a family home or a child’s college education, or paying down debts like mortgages, credit cards or student loans.

But there are steps you can take now to save more today so that you live more comfortably later.

Increase your savings

Experts generally recommend contributing enough to at least get an employer match, if one is available. Keep in mind, too, that you will need to save even more if you’re also investing on behalf of your spouse.

Increasing your retirement savings deferral rates, even if just a little as you receive raises or promotions, can have a big impact on your total over time, according to Greg McBride, chief financial analyst at Bankrate.

“The habit of increasing the amount that you’re putting away can go a long way,” McBride said.

Invest in an IRA

One of the reasons many workers don’t save more is because they do not have access to a retirement savings plan at work.

Just 64% of private industry workers have a defined contribution plan like a 401(k), according to T. Rowe Price.

So long as you or your spouse have earned income, you can open up an individual retirement account on your own and save that way, McBride said.

Consider working a little longer

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If you’re near retirement age, another strategy to consider is working longer.

Even a year or two of extra income can help bolster your financial retirement security, McBride said.

The reason: It’s more time you have to save and let your assets grow and less time that your money has to support you in retirement.

Wait to claim Social Security benefits

Working longer can also help you delay claiming Social Security, which can significantly boost your eventual monthly retirement benefit check.

Eligible workers can first claim at age 62, but will have reduced benefits for life.

By waiting until full retirement age — generally 66 or 67 — they will receive 100% of the benefits they earned. And for every year they wait until age 70, their benefits go up even more.

The difference between claiming at age 62 and 70 can be as much as 77%.

“You basically get a permanent pay raise every year you’re able to delay taking Social Security from age 62 to age 70,” McBride said.