Dependent Care Flexible Spending Account (FSA)

A simple way to save on dependent care costs

With this Flexible Spending Account (FSA), you can use pre-tax money to pay eligible dependent day care costs.

How It Works 

  • You choose an annual contribution amount that is deducted from your paycheck in equal amounts throughout the year and placed in an account just for eligible dependent care expenses (not dependent health care expenses). 
  • Because the amounts are deducted before taxes are calculated, your taxable income is reduced each pay period so you pay less in taxes.

Dependent Care FSA Snapshot

Who is eligible?

What is it?

A simple, convenient way to get a tax break on eligible dependent care expenses

Why participate?

Save an average of 30% by using pre-tax dollars to pay for eligible expenses (exact savings percentage depends on your tax situation)

Your contributions

  • Minimum annual contribution: $250
  • Maximum annual contribution: $5,000
  • Plan carefully! According to IRS rules, you have until March 15 of the following year to spend any dollars left in your account as of December 31 of the current year. After the grace period ends on March 15, you will forfeit any unused contributions from the prior year.
  • You cannot change your contribution level until the next Annual Enrollment period, unless you have a qualifying life event.

Eligible expenses

This FSA is for qualifying day care expenses for your:

  • Dependent child(ren) under age 13
  • Disabled spouse
  • Dependents physically or mentally incapable of caring for themselves

Learn more about which dependent care expenses are eligible

What to do

Access your FSA

You can check your account balance, pay providers, request reimbursement and access tools and resources at

Get the app

Download the HealthEquity Mobile app via the Apple App Store or Google Play.

Note: The HSA is not available to team members outside the continental U.S. 



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Dear Team Member,

The last 18 months have pulled us in all sorts of directions and presented several new challenges. Many of you have had to adapt to an ever-changing lifestyle that includes homeschooling kids, working overtime, taking care of loved ones, and worrying about finances. At Grainger, we recognize the toll these changes take on your personal wellbeing. And while I’m proud to say you’ve continued to provide exceptional customer service despite these challenges, it’s just as important to put the same attention on yourself.

We want you to be your best, not only at work but at home. That’s why we’ve made some enhancements to our benefits programs to better support your emotional, financial, physical, and social wellbeing. These new programs will provide access to short-term cash, one-on-one financial coaching, or stress management support. Over the last year, we built a strong foundation of wellbeing resources to ensure you have more choice and flexibility with your benefits.

This Annual Enrollment Decision Guide will help you navigate the robust benefits that Grainger offers and support you in making your elections for 2022. Annual Enrollment will run from October 11 to 29, 2021. Now is the time for you to take action for you and your family’s wellbeing. We have more plans underway to continue to enhance our wellbeing offerings and we’re excited to share these with you soon.
As always, thank you for all you continue to do for each other, our organization, and our customers.

Stay well,
Kathleen Carroll
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