Things You Can Buy With an FSA
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10 Things You Can Buy With a Flex Spending Account

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Things You Can Buy With an FSA
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HEALTHY INVESTMENTS

Put those pre-tax dollars toward items you're already purchasing. If your employer offers a flexible spending account (FSA), it can save you money at tax time and be used on lots of health-related expenses. Think copays, prescriptions, even contact lenses and glasses. You elect the amount of pre-tax dollars to contribute -- up to $2,600 per employer for the 2017 tax year -- but you have to spend it all, or risk losing it. (Note: Employers have the option to offer either a 2½-month grace period or allow employees to roll over up to $500, but they aren't required to do so.)

Sunscreen
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Acupuncture
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ACUPUNCTURE

If you've always wanted to try alternative medicine, using your before-tax bank is a sound way to pay for it. Especially since most insurance plans don't cover the treatments. To find an acupuncturist near you, check out the American Academy of Medical Acupuncture.

Glasses and Contacts
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GLASSES AND CONTACTS

If you wear contact lenses, you're familiar with how costly they can be. Fortunately, contact lenses, drops, saline solution -- even glasses -- are all eligible FSA expenses.

LASIK Surgery
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LASIK SURGERY

If you've grown tired of wearing glasses or contact lenses -- or just want to be able to see the alarm clock as soon as you open your eyes in the a.m. -- corrective vision surgery is also on the approved expenses list.

First-Aid Supplies
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FIRST-AID SUPPLIES

Now's the time to stock up on bandages, gauze, first-aid kits, hot and cold compresses, basically everything you need to treat cuts, bumps, and scrapes. The FSA Store makes purchasing these items easy, since it indicates which items are eligible and allows buyers to use their FSA debit cards directly.

Prenatal Vitamins
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PRENATAL VITAMINS

Pregnant and nursing women know how important it is to take proper vitamins. The FSA Store, Amazon, or Vitamin Shoppe all carry a multitude of brands. And while you're at it, pick up some breastfeeding supplies such as nursing pads, nipple shields, or even a breast pump (if your insurance won't cover one). All are eligible expenses.

Pregnancy Tests
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PREGNANCY TESTS

Finding out if you're going to be a parent is an emotional and sometimes costly process. Lighten some of the financial burden with your FSA account. Ovulation testing kits are also approved.

Condoms
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CONDOMS

Always wanted to try colored, flavored, or "Fire and Ice" condoms? Now's your chance.

Thermometers
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THERMOMETERS

Upgrade your temperature taker with surplus FSA cash. Opt for a digital version, an ear or temporal one, or even one that adheres to a child's body, allowing parents to monitor fever while their little ones sleep.

Relaxation Masks
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RELAXATION MASKS

Indulge in a little DIY pampering with an aromatherapy relaxation mask, hot and cold eye masks, an acupressure mat, or even a foot massager. It's the next best thing to a spa day, which, unfortunately, isn't an eligible expense.