Sweaty Mommy Survival Guide Tip #16: Don't Let Your FSA Dollars Go to Waste
As the end of the year approaches, there are many loose ends to wrap up. One item that needs attention is spending that extra FSA (Flexible Spending Accounts) cash that will, for many of us, expire at the end of the year. In the United States, FSA's are employer provided accounts that employees can pay into, pre-tax, to pay for healthcare expenses. Any funds that aren't used by the end of the go bye-bye (unless you are one of those lucky souls that has a rollover function to your plan).
No mama should throw away hard earned money!
We put together a quick list of approved items that moms and babies will definitely appreciate having around the house! Check out the ideas below for ways to spend that extra cash and get supplies you will surely use within the next year (or more)!
*Note: There may be some differences in plans, so make sure to check with your plan administrator before making purchases!*
Breastfeeding supplies: Everything from breast pumps to nipple cream and even these nursing pads by Bamboobies are eligible for reimbursement with FSA dollars.
Hot and cold packs: Active mamas often have aches and pains from their daily activities and little ones are prone to bumps and bruises while exploring their world. You'll be glad to have a stash of hot/cold packs to sooth pain when the need arises.
Thermometer: Having a backup thermometer for travel or one that you always keep in your diaper bag will allow you to check out your little one if they are feeling so well no matter where you are.
Prenatal vitamins: These supplements are important for both moms and moms-to-be. A daily vitamin is an important part of any nutritional plan and are a must when pregnant. Since you know you'll be going through several bottles of vitamins a year, taking them before, during and after pregnancy, it's a great way to use extra FSA dollar by stocking up!
First-aid kits: Buy a few kits and stash them in a few key places for your family, including in the car and in the jogging stroller for ouchies that may happen to you or baby during those long runs.
Recommend additional items other moms should be in the know about? Leave us your ideas as comments below!
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