If there’s one thing the pandemic has taught us, is that you can never be too prepared when it comes to stocking up your home medicine cabinet. Rather than hand over your hard-earned paycheck to a national pharmacy chain that is always more expensive, we’ve got the ultimate hack: the Amazon FSA Store.
If you haven’t heard of this section of Amazon, you’re not alone. Launched a little on the sly, the storefront is packed with Flexible Spending Account-eligible products only (so you won’t get stiffed on the reimbursement). To refresh your memory, an FSA is a special account you can contribute funds to from your paycheck for the specific purchase of health-care related products or services. It’s pre-tax and always comes in handy.
While many people use their FSA funds to cover co-pays, procedures and prescription medication, there is actually a slew of over-the-counter products that you can purchase using the funds. Some categories include:
- Baby & Pregnancy: pregnancy tests, nursing supplies including breast pumps, diaper rash ointment
- Ear & Eye Care: ear ache drops, glasses, contacts
- First Aid: wound care, saline wash and surgical tape
- Pain Relief: heating pads, TENS units, joint support supplements
- Skin Care: acne treatments, sunscreen, lotion
- Over the County Medications: aspirin, ibuprofen, allergy and antacids
Ok now that you’re excited to do some shopping, let’s talk about savings and how the Amazon FSA store saves you big bucks. First, you can pre-load your FSA card into your account so you are never stuck shopping without it. Because let’s be honest, we all have good intentions about submitting those receipts for a reimbursement, but then––life.
In addition to not paying out of pocket, you can snag must-have products at typically low prices that Amazon offers. For example, you can pick up a three-pack of First Response Early Pregnancy Tests for $9 on Amazon, or head to Rite Aid and fork out $14. Need Medela Breast Milk storage bags? You can pay $13 on Amazon or $20 at Target.
We could go on and on sharing the screaming deals you can find on your must-have FSA products, but with over 10,000 products, we’d be here all night! Do yourself a favor, and the next time you place your Amazon order, add a few eligible products to your cart to stock up.