Still have money left on your FSA?

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If you are like me, you still have unused money on your FSA (flex spending account).  Flexible Spending Account, or FSA, is a special account that allows you to set aside part of your pre-tax wages to pay for certain healthcare expenses for you and your family. Eligible expenses include prescriptions, contact lenses and over-the-counter products.You know what they say, use it or loose it! Its your money to begin with so make sure you use whatever is left on your card before the end of the year! 

I actually have just over $300 left on my card.  I still have to pay for my contacts and small dentist bill but I am having a hard time figuring out what else to spend the money on.  Usually I need new glasses every year but my prescription changed so slightly that I barely noticed a difference so I opted to hold off this year. Usually my glasses are over $500, even when I pick really inexpensive frames.  I have terrible eyesight so in addition to the lenses costing a fortune, I pay to have the lenses thinned out, especially at the sides, as well as getting the anti-reflective coating and a few other things.  I’m not sure exactly how much my contacts are going to cost – they are um, custom ordered since my prescription is not “commercially available”.  I think they were like $40 a box last year and each box is 3 months. 

I spent almost $80 on drugstore.com a few weeks ago ordering heat patches and contact solution.  Today I spent almost $20 on over the counter medicine.  Maybe get some first aid kits to keep in the car.  Maybe this is the year I get an ear thermometer – I really hate sticking mine under my tongue (even though it is digital).  Whatever I decide, Drugstore.com makes it a lot easier! They have a tab on their website that takes you to the FSA store.  It shows you all the items they sell that are typically allowed in various FSA plans.


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If your are unsure about something as to wether or not it will actually qualify as FSA eligible, always double check with your FSA holder.  For example, Drugstore.com lists many Acne treatments as FSA eligible, but my FSA holder says acne products are only eligible if you have seen a dermatologist and they have diagnosed you with acne. I believe the same is true with sleeping aids – you have to be diagnosed with a sleeping disorder for them to qualify. 




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