Slideshow 5 tips to encourage employees to spend their FSA dollars

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  • March 10 2015, 2:21pm EDT
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Employers can now offer a carryover of up to $500 in flexible spending account funds or allow a two-and-a-half month grace period at the end of the year. But the FSA grace period ends March 15. Here are five tips from FSAstore.com to share with employees about how they can spend their FSA dollars before time runs out.

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1. First-aid and everyday health essentials.

If employees are planning spring break travel, they can pack their bags with first-aid essentials such as assorted bandages, first-aid bags for kids, liquid bandages, mini first-aid kids for the car, wound treatment, gauze, thermometers, contact lens care and solutions and medicine organizers.

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2. Manage minor health needs while on the go.

Employees can use their FSAs to care for minor scrapes or cuts, aches and pains, motion sickness and more with the following FSA-eligible products: hot or cold therapy eye masks, acupressure wrist bands to prevent motion sickness, orthopedic neck support, kinesiology tapes for stressed muscles, cooling headache sheets for adults and kids and heat wraps to alleviate muscle aches.

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3. Stock up on sun care products.

Encourage employees to prevent sunburn and protect their skin with FSA-eligible products such as sunscreen lip balm, insect-repellent sunscreen, sunscreen, cold compresses, thermal-aid stuffed animals for soothing comfort for kids.

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4. Prepare for hiking, sports and outdoor vacation activities.

Other FSA-eligible products include cold packs for neck or back, elastic bandages, athletic treatments such as knee and ankle braces, migraine cooling headache pads, sports first-aid kits, blister treatment and shoe insoles.

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5. Stock up on baby products.

Employees traveling with babies or young children over spring break can use the FSA for the following items: breast pumps and accessories, baby sunscreen, cartoon-themed Band-Aids, saline solution, nasal spray for kids, baby pacifier digital thermometer, medicators that make it easier to administer medicine to babies.

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