Sunday March 15 is the last day to use up any remaining dollars left in a 2014 flexible spending account, assuming that your employer is allowing the extension. Employers were not required to allow employees to submit expenses incurred from January 1 to March 15 and apply it to unused money in a 2014 FSA account, so check with your HR department before going on a spending spree.

The extension is not the same as the run out period. A run-out period is the window during which employees may submit claims for reimbursement for eligible expenses. For example, if an FSA has a Dec. 31 deadline and no grace period, but has a 90-day run-out period, you’d have until April 1 to submit receipts for expenses you had during the previous year.

The FSAstore offers the following as suggestions for using up the remaining dollars. Remember that most over-the-counter medications such as allergy drugs and headache remedies are ineligible for reimbursement unless you have already obtained a prescription or a letter of medical necessity for them from your doctor.

  • Assorted Band-aids
  • First-aid bags for kids
  • Liquid bandages
  • Mini first-aid kits for the car, or flights
  • Wound treatment/gauze
  • Thermometers
  • Contact lens care and solutions
  • Medicine organizers
  • Hot or cold therapy eye masks
  • Acupressure wrist bands to prevent motion sickness
  • Contact lens solution and contact lens cases
  • Orthopedic neck support
  • Kinesiology tapes (KT Tape) for stressed muscles
  • Cooling headache sheets for adults and kids
  • Heatwraps to alleviate muscle aches
  • Sunscreen lip balm
  • Insect-repellent sunscreen
  • Sunscreen (SPF15+)
  • Cold compresses
  • Thermal-aid stuffed animals for soothing comfort for kids
  • Cold packs for neck or back
  • Heatwraps for sore muscles (back, hip, shoulder)
  • Elastic bandages
  • Athletic treatments (knee and ankle braces)
  • Migraine cooling headache pads
  • A sports first-aid kit
  • Blister treatment
  • Shoe insoles for added support
  • Breast pumps & accessories (cleaning wipes, storage bags)
  • Baby sunscreen
  • Thermal-Aid stuffed animals (hot/cold therapy) for kids
  • Cartoon-themed Band-Aids (Mickey Mouse, Cars, SpongeBob)
  • Saline solution for baby, nasal spray for kids
  • Baby pacifier digital thermometer
  • Nasal Cease nosebleed packings
  • An all-purpose first-aid kit for the entire family
  • Medicators that make it easy to administer medicine to babies, like Munchkin the Medicator

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