How to use up my FSA account?

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hmw
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How to use up my FSA account?

Post by hmw » Mon Dec 25, 2017 2:49 pm

I have a little over $800 left in my FSA account. I can carry over $500 to 2018. So I need to spend $300 before the end of year.

Any easy and effective way of spending this money? One idea is to get my wife to stock up on your contact lens. I guess I can get some new Rx glasses online as well, but I don't really need new glasses. Any other suggestions?

Thanks

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Re: How to use up my FSA account?

Post by Ron Ronnerson » Mon Dec 25, 2017 2:54 pm

Some options: Contact lens solution, blood pressure monitor, bandages, sunscreen.

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Re: How to use up my FSA account?

Post by 123 » Mon Dec 25, 2017 3:06 pm

Call your dentist and tell him/her your FSA problem. He/She'll take care of it in no time.
The closest helping hand is at the end of your own arm.

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TierArtz
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Re: How to use up my FSA account?

Post by TierArtz » Mon Dec 25, 2017 3:49 pm

Prescription sunglasses such as Ray-Ban or Maui Jim.

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Re: How to use up my FSA account?

Post by HornedToad » Mon Dec 25, 2017 4:00 pm

TierArtz wrote:
Mon Dec 25, 2017 3:49 pm
Prescription sunglasses such as Ray-Ban or Maui Jim.
yep. or a new pair of driving glasses so you can rotate or take the cheaper pair on trips

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Re: How to use up my FSA account?

Post by texasdiver » Mon Dec 25, 2017 4:30 pm

Get a top quality first aid kit for your house/car/boat/backpack as the case may be.

Like one of these

https://mymedic.us/

Here's an actual FSA Store web site where you can spend your FSA dollars. No reason to actually use this web site over say Amazon or Wal-Mart but it might be a place to give you ideas of WHAT to spend on.

https://fsastore.com/
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Re: How to use up my FSA account?

Post by joeblow » Mon Dec 25, 2017 4:33 pm

TierArtz wrote:
Mon Dec 25, 2017 3:49 pm
Prescription sunglasses such as Ray-Ban or Maui Jim.
This! Prescription Maui Jim sunglasses are awesome.

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Re: How to use up my FSA account?

Post by Slacker » Mon Dec 25, 2017 4:39 pm

Get a prescription for massages...

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Re: How to use up my FSA account?

Post by sksbog » Mon Dec 25, 2017 9:32 pm

If you have allergies, buy years worth of allergy meds. They are expensive. Like Zertec, Claritin, etc.
I also buy mine and DWs contact lenses.
Pharmacy is also eager to fill any prescription if it's getting due in a few weeks or so.

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Re: How to use up my FSA account?

Post by BogleMelon » Mon Dec 25, 2017 10:31 pm

sksbog wrote:
Mon Dec 25, 2017 9:32 pm
If you have allergies, buy years worth of allergy meds. They are expensive. Like Zertec, Claritin, etc.
OTC medications is no longer FSA eligible, unless there is a prescription https://fsastore.com/FSA-Eligibility-List.aspx
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Re: How to use up my FSA account?

Post by ccieemeritus » Tue Dec 26, 2017 4:42 am

Your suggestion to stock up on contact lenses makes perfect sense. You will need them and can store them.

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Re: How to use up my FSA account?

Post by davebo » Tue Dec 26, 2017 11:02 am

I had the same predicament. I've always done $2500 in the FSA and never had a problem going through it. This year, I found myself with $2200 when we were entering December. I had a few doctors visits that knocked it down and then I ended up spending it on new eyeglasses and a backup pair of custom orthotics. They really arent' a backup pair, they are more so I don't need to keep switching them from shoe to shoe.

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Re: How to use up my FSA account?

Post by GronkSpike » Tue Dec 26, 2017 12:02 pm

Check your health insurance plan for allowable visits to certain specialists...i.e. accupunture

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Re: How to use up my FSA account?

Post by hmw » Tue Dec 26, 2017 1:54 pm

GronkSpike wrote:
Tue Dec 26, 2017 12:02 pm
Check your health insurance plan for allowable visits to certain specialists...i.e. accupunture
There is really no time to see any doctors at this point. No such medical need anyways.

Will get some contact lens for my wife, and maybe a new pair of glasses for me. A first aid kit may also be good purchase if there is any money left over.

Thanks

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