Question of the Month: What is the easiest way to use my unspent FSA funds?

Dear Gina: I have money I need to spend in my Health FSA before year end. I know that more OTC items have become eligible. What is the easiest way for me to find items that I can use my funds on?

A: You are not alone in having a clock ticking on an unspent balance and I have a great idea for you! The FSA Store (and its sister the HSA Store) have thousands of items guaranteed to be on the list of eligible expenses. Now, that may seem daunting, but they have made searching so easy. You can search by type of item or, if you need inspiration, simply click on a letter of the alphabet and categories of approved items will appear. (The alphabet soup geek in me thinks this is a fun game.) And, if you go to our website, you’ll find a coupon for $5 off at either store.

One final thought for you, if you aren’t sure what you might need, I’d recommend stocking up on cold and flu items. Decongestants and cough medicines always come in handy in the cold winter months (just make sure you don’t stockpile).

– Gina



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