Sacramento Folks, Check out Fast Forward ~ A New Way to Pay from Safeway!

Well this is super exciting! Safeway has introduced a new program and we're in the city where it launches first! Wonderful Sacramento, CA!

The new program is called Fast Forward and it introduces a new way to pay for your groceries. The Fast Forward debit card allows you to pay with your new Safeway Club Card, which is connected to your checking account. Now, you can pay with just your phone number and a pin! Making that late night run to the store and forgot your card? No problem! If you have your Safeway Club card phone number and your Fast Forward PIN number, you can enter that and pay using the number! Amazing!

Ok, how can we give you more good news...
Using the Fast Forward card will get you 2x gas rewards points and you can earn up to $1.00 off per gallon! That's a LOT of money off per gallon! Even better, when you get your card in the mail, you'll get one coupon that will get you 3x gas rewards on your first purchase using your Fast Forward card!

Sounds like a great thing, right? Well, we wanted to check it out, so we signed up for an account and waited for our card and 3x coupon in the mail. It came the other day and we were off to shop!

So we gave this thing a whirl.
We shopped till we dropped (to maximize our 3x rewards!) and stocked up on stuff that we know we'll need like paper products, canned stuff and whatnot. It was really nice getting 3x gas rewards! We usually get the standard amount and this provided a nice boost to our balance. What is going to be cool is getting 2x rewards every time we shop now that we have the Fast Forward card!

This program is only available in Sacramento at this time. To register, go here.

Not from Sacramento? I'd love it if you shared this with anyone you know who is, but we've got something for everyone.
Anyone (not just Sacramento folks) can win a $50 Safeway gift card by entering via the Rafflecopter below!
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I was also provided a Safeway gift card as compensation for this post. All opinions are my own.

We’ve Got a Couple of Giveaways for You from Our Friends at Funny Face!

Remember when we reviewed Funny Face dried cranberries and did a cool giveaway? Well, we're back! This time, we're here with a giveaway for just Look Before Spending readers as well as one for everyone!

First up, we want to let you know that you can now purchase Funny Face dried cranberries online right here!

Next, Funny Face is giving away an iPad mini (details here)! This is being offered many places, but we wanted to let you all know so you can throw your entry into the hat. In addition to winning an iPad mini, Funny Face will donate $50 to the Global Fund in the winner's name! You can enter this contest on Twitter, Facebook or Pinterest!

Now, just for you all! :)
Enter below to win a bunch of 1 oz. lunchbox sized bags of Funny Face dried cranberries! 3 people will win the prize!
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Safeway Giveaway Winner Announced!

Congrats to Candice D! You have won the $50 Safeway gift card giveaway! Please check your email and respond within 72 hours!

Hope everyone is having a great day today and we'll see you all tomorrow! We'll be back with all of the after holiday sales and deals to help you save while spending you gift cards!

Check out Safeway This Season! Food, Drinks and Fun! Plus a Safeway Giveaway!

Ok, you all know that we enjoy a good drink every now and then. And of course, we love delicious baked goods as well. So it's really nice to see that Safeway has stepped up to the plate this holiday season with some fun cocktail and dessert pairings, delicious recipes and most importantly, a bunch of ways for us to save money!

safeway giveawayNow, I'm usually a 2-ingredient drink kind of guy. Give me a whiskey coke, a vodka orange juice and I'm good to go. But the holiday season is a special time and it's nice to have a special drink to go along with it. Enter Safeway. They have this awesome list of dessert and cocktail pairings that make me warm and fuzzy just looking at it! If these drinks and baked goods don't just scream HOLIDAYS I don't know what does! You can see more of these recipes on the Safeway Pinterest page as well.
We made a couple cocktails, one of which was a Pomegranate Rickey (recipe here), which was absolutely delicious! I have not found a lot of enjoyable ways to drink Gin, but this one passed the test with flying colors.
<----- Check out how tasty it looks too!

We also made one of the dessert/cocktail pairings that is on Safeway's website, called Tequila Frost Bites. Let me tell you, neither of these are things I would typically make, but boy am I glad I did! The drink was excellent. I'm a tequila guy, so it's not hard to mess up a drink once you put tequila in it. But it really was good. It went perfectly with the cookies too! They had substance and were not super super sweet. With the cocktail, it is a match made in heaven! Don't they look good? :)

We couldn't wait to tell you about the Beverage Calculator, so we mentioned it here a while back.

Basically, the beverage calculator will help you determine how much alcohol you should buy for a party. This is a nice thing, because when it comes to beverages for a party, you definitely don't want to have too little, but you also probably don't want to have too much.

We made a little video about this stuff and talked about some other current sales going on at Safeway right now too! So check that out below! :)

Here's our Pinterest ----> Look Before Spending's Pinterest Page

Here's something else fun and exciting: Safeway is hosting a Pin 2 Win sweeps December 12 through January 2. Pinners may enter up to eight times and prizes include daily $50 gift cards.

And here's something even MORE fun! How about a Safeway giveaway!? You can win a $50 Safeway gift card right here! I KNOW that will help a lot of you recover after spending a bunch of money this holiday season! Enter below to win a $50 Safeway gift card! Giveaway runs through 12/24 and we'll announce the winner on Christmas Day! How's that for a Merry Christmas from Look Before Spending?! :)
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Giveaway rules and terms: winner chose will be checked to make sure they completed the required tasks. Winner has 72 hours to respond or another winner will be chosen. Safeway is responsible for sending prize and Look Before Spending assumes no responsibility for prize fulfillment.