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If you have a Flexible Spending Account (FSA), you can use it for a range of different medical expenses, including copays for doctor's office visits and dental cleanings. But you can also use it shop online, and you might be surprised at what your FSA money can help you buy: workout recovery, pain relief, skin care and more. You don't want to miss out on the surprising deals you can score, especially if you have leftover money at the end of the year.
If you're looking for things to buy with FSA money, look no further: Here are 14 FSA-eligible items to choose from. First, a quick disclaimer: The government provides an A-to-Z eligibility list, but if you're ever unsure about what you can or can't purchase with your FSA, be sure to check with the terms of your account first.
Some skin care products, such as toner or spot treatment, require a prescription from your doctor to be eligible. Treatments for conditions such as eczema and rosacea also require a prescription, and anything with mainly cosmetic purposes -- such as chemical peels and microdermabrasion -- does not qualify.
For those who weren't born with perfect vision, an FSA covers prescription glasses and sunglasses, even high-end brands like Ray-Ban and Versace. Just make sure to visit your optometrist for an updated prescription before purchasing a pair (you can use your FSA to cover the optometry exam, too).
Wear contact lenses instead? You can also pay for those with your FSA money.
4. Staple medications
Over-the-counter medications do require a prescription to be FSA-eligible, but a simple visit to your doctor could allow you to stock up on pain relievers, allergy medicine, heartburn relief, antacids and other medicine cabinet staples. Check the FSA Store's list of eligible OTC medications.
5. Heating and cooling pads
Struggle with lower back pain or nagging injuries? Heating and cooling pads can help, and you can purchase them with FSA funds. Many brands and types are available on the FSA Store online, but you can also just pick one up from your local drugstore.
6. First-aid kit
Pretty much any first-aid kit is FSA-eligible, and this is one way to get around the prescription required for over-the-counter pain medications: Many first aid kits include travel-sized bottles of pain relievers, and you don't need a prescription to buy a first-aid kit.
Sunscreen is a surprisingly expensive essential -- most cost at least $10 and go up in price significantly from there, depending on the brand you choose. Use your hard-earned FSA dollars to pay for it. SPF lip balm and mineral sunscreen are also covered.
You can buy shoe inserts, as well as toe cushions and arch braces, with your FSA. Wart removers and other foot grooming treatments, such as callus trimmers, are also qualified FSA expenses. You may even be able to purchase a foot massager with your FSA.
13. Sleep aids
Oral sleep aids are only eligible with a prescription from your doctor, but you can purchase sleep masks, vaporizers, bed warmers and other non-prescription sleep aids with your FSA funds.
Wanting to try out acupuncture, chiropractic care or another complementary medical treatment? This ultimately depends on your employer, but many businesses allow employees to use their FSA funds for these kinds of health treatments.
If your employer does allow you to use FSA money for this, make sure to check with the clinic or practice you want to visit, too.
Some virtual providers and apps also take FSA accounts to pay for membership fees.
The information contained in this article is for educational and informational purposes only and is not intended as health or medical advice. Always consult a physician or other qualified health provider regarding any questions you may have about a medical condition or health objectives.