Save on back-to-school expenses with your HSA or FSA
You might be surprised to learn that your health savings account (HSA) and medical flexible spending account (FSA) can help you save on purchases of a variety of back-to-school expenses, including:
- Sunscreen – The need for protection from UV rays is year-round. You can use your HSA or FSA to pay for sunblock, lip balm with an SPF of 15+, and thousands of other over-the-counter products.
- Eye exams, corrective eyewear, including prescription sunglasses – Speaking of physicals, your child’s physician will likely check their eyesight during their physical. But should he or she need the services of an optometrist or ophthalmologist, you can also turn to your HSA or FSA to cover the cost of both the eye exam and any corrective eyewear, including prescription glasses and contacts.
- School and sports physical exams – You can take care of this standard checkup with the funds you’ve saved into your HSA or FSA. For children heading back to school or onto a sports field, these annual exams are necessary to assess their physical well-being, build their medical history and gather the necessary paperwork to ensure that they’re up to date on state-required vaccines.
- OTC medicines – Thanks to the (CARES) Act, you can use HSA or FSA pre-tax dollars to purchase over-the-counter medications with your pre-tax dollars — these include allergy medicine, pain relievers, heartburn medication, acid reflux relief and cold and flu remedies.
- Allergy testing – There’s nothing like pollen and ragweed to cause stuffiness in the summer and autumn seasons. Use your HSA or FSA for allergy testing so that you can avoid angry sinuses.
- Bandages – Gauze, bandages, and first-aid kits are covered under your HSA or FSA.