Gift giving guide using your FSA

As the end of the year draws near, it’s important for FSA account holders to have a plan for their remaining FSA dollars. With just a short time to spend these funds, consumers may be wondering how they could take advantage of their remaining FSA amounts. The holidays are fast approaching, so it is a good time to purchase necessities for yourself and dependents—possibly as stocking stuffers or as a way to treat yourself and provide some self-care before the new year.

Here are some ideas of ways to treat yourself (and your dependents) using remaining FSA funds:

  • New glasses
  • Menstrual products
  • OTC medications (cough syrup, pain reliever, etc.)
  • Prescription medications like insulin
  • Restocked first aid kits
  • Eye exams or other checkup appointments (dental, medical, etc.)
  • Chiropractic treatments
  • Breastfeeding equipment
  • Sunscreen
  • Home medical devices
  • Prescription sunglasses
  • Contact lenses/solutions
  • Pregnancy and fertility testing
  • Birth control
  • Home modifications for safety due to a medical condition
  • Hand/Arm/Knee/Leg support items
  • Humidifiers
  • Nasal irrigation devices
  • Blood pressure monitors
  • Electronic thermometers
  • Lip balm
  • Deep muscle massager
  • Weighted heating pad

It is important to note that all purchases must be made for members on the account and their dependents and must be for a reasonable consumable amount. For example, it would be plausible to purchase a bottle or two of Ibuprofen for your family, but a case of Ibuprofen likely would not be consumed within the plan year.


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