Giveaway: The cold and flu package.

th 11 Giveaway: The cold and flu package.If you’ve been in the cold/flu medicine aisle of the drugstore lately you were probably as shocked as I was by  the high cost of cold medications.

I hope none of you actually get sick this winter. But we’re indoors with a lot of other people and rhinoviruses spread faster than nasty rumors. So why not be prepared? And why not let me help?

These cold-and-flu packages are invariably popular, and probably not just because they save you money. I think a lot of people simply don’t want to keep cold medications on hand because, well, you don’t need them.

Until you do — at which point ayou might feel too miserable to make the trip to the pharmacy. And if you thought this stuff costs a lot at the pharmacy, wait until you price them at a convenience store.

This giveaway includes:

  • A bottle of Robitussin Cough + Chest Congestion DM (non-drowsy formula)
  • Advil film-coated tablets, for those aches and pains (20-count bottle)
  • Walgreens “Soothing Vapors” cough drops, Ice Blue variety (30-count bag)
  • Keeping It Real natural lip balm, vanilla flavor
  • Korean ginseng teabags (hot liquids are good for you) and a Norman Rockwell mug in which to brew them
  • A can of Campbell’s chicken noodle soup (also good for you)
  • A copy of “Next,” by Michael Crichton; one of the very few perks of being sick is that you have an excuse to take to your bed, so take a book in with you

Again, I sure hope you don’t need this stuff. But better safe than sniffly. However, plan not to get sick until the last week in October: I’m heading off to the Financial Blogger Conference very early on Tuesday and won’t be back until Oct. 23.

To enter:

If you do any (or all!) of these things, please leave separate, additional comments to get credit for each entry.

The deadline is 7 p.m. PDT Tuesday, Oct. 15. If I don’t hear back from the winners by 7 p.m. PDT Wednesday, Oct. 16,  I’ll pull another name.

Note: Due to the high cost of international shipping, a winner outside the United States will be given a choice of gift cards in lieu of the box and it will go up for grabs again.


  1. Great idea. Thanks!

  2. Facebook too.

  3. Melissa F

    Count me in for this one as I get sick at least 3 times during the fall and winter months. I am going to college right now, so it seems like someone is always bringing some form of cold to school and they are eager to share it with anyone. My body seems to tell these cold ridden people-Ohh, you are giving something away, I will take it! (Sigh!) I recently have become a user of Zicam, so hopefully that will help a little to avoid some of the nasties, but inevitably, I will get sick. Take care Donna and enjoy your conference!

  4. Suzanne In VA

    One of these days Im gonna win one of these great giveaways! Heres hoping we have a sickness free winter~

  5. Kathy Mayin

    What a great giveaway. Thanks. Enjoy your conference.

  6. Great idea – thanks!

  7. I subscribe via email.

  8. I follow you on Twitter

  9. I am sure these items will get used! Have fun at the conference!

  10. Knowing my buzzard luck, if I don’t get this cold & flu package, I WILL need it! ;o)

  11. I’m also a FB fan, of course!

  12. Sign me up!

  13. I would love to win this giveaway! Planning to get a flu shot so hope I won’t need it but just in case.

  14. I also am subscribed via email. Thanks for the giveaways!

  15. Carolina Cooper

    Even though I won on the last round, it doesn’t hurt to try again. I ordered a book that I had been wanting to read with my Amazon gift card, thanks to YOU!!! If I win, I promise to share the cold/flu goodies with my son, who will be riding a bike to work here in cold New England all winter long!

  16. Veronica

    I hope I don’t need it, but I always say “Be Prepared”!

  17. I am super excited about this package, although I am also crossing my fingers that I won’t need it.

  18. Fantastic idea. Thank you!

  19. Laura Patterson

    This is a nice idea. Good to have this stuff on hand for the winter!

  20. I suspect that I’ll be needing this (having had a fun medical things chat w/Abby on Twitter today) sometime this season. thanks for taking care of us and have a great time at FinCon! ;)

  21. I’m subscribed via RSS.

  22. And follow you on Twitter!

  23. Hate colds and flu, but love your blog! Thanks for another great giveaway.

  24. Lorna Huntley

    Follow you on FB, long time fan.

  25. I’ve never entered a giveaway before, although I follow your blog daily and really enjoy it. Thanks!

  26. This is great,always seem to get at least one cold during the winter, but love to be prepared for anything.

  27. conee corning banks

    follow you on facebook

  28. conee corning banks

    love your blog

  29. Mirabella

    I finally signed up for your blog. I was just looking over my cold/flu supplies and find myself short of tissue and canned soups. What a great giveaway prize!

  30. Hopefully we will not get a cold this winter but I know it will happen. This would come in very handy!

  31. I get your emails

  32. I follow you on Facebook

  33. I follow you on twitter-grandmasreading

    • Wildbella

      Enjoy your time at the conference. The cold and flu package is a great idea, no one wants to shop for that stuff when they are feeling sick, especially in the winter!

  34. Phyllis Roehm

    I Really like your email column. Timely and fun.

  35. lostAnnfound

    Too late for me…already got a cold! happens every new school year!

  36. lostAnnfound

    I get you through email

  37. Thanks for the giveaway!

  38. I subscribe via email also.

  39. I subscribe to your blog via e-mail.

  40. This giveaway is perfect! I’m due to have a baby one month from today, and it will be helpful to have stuff on hand incase I get sick so that I won’t have to run out in the cold with the baby!

  41. I also follow you on Twitter (@kchowy)!

  42. And I like you on Facebook! Thanks Donna!

  43. Kimberly J

    Great giveaway.Thanks for the chance!

  44. Kimberly J

    I am an email subscriber.

  45. Kimberly J

    I follow you on FB.

  46. Nancy Black

    What a thoughtful & wonderful contest! You know I would rather win a useful contest then money any day! I’m always out of cold & cough items when I come down with an I follow and am a subscriber. I read your blog it’s my cup of tea so to speak!

  47. Just subscribed via email, I have no idea why I haven’t before, I check your page daily to see if there has been an update! Have fun at the conference!

  48. I always read your blog!

  49. since I just had the flu I need to restock!

  50. I love this. If I win I will give this to my son away at college. The flu spreads like wildfire thru the dorms.

  51. I am an email subscriber.

  52. Facebook fan, also.

  53. This would be very useful.

  54. I receive emails from the blog.

  55. Follow on twitter

  56. Like on Facebook

  57. I follow you on twitter, fb, and feedburner.

  58. Alissa A

    I’m an email subscriber.

  59. Need all that now! Been feeling poorly since Thursday. Developed sore throat yesterday. Hoping to win! Thanks!

  60. Great giveaway! Thank you for the chance to win! =)

  61. Tracy Stone

    Have fun at the conference! Would love to win, but hope I don’t need any of it! :)

  62. Not entering as I have been having luck with all natural things so far thank goodness. Like honey, fresh lemon juice, clay.

  63. Oh! I so want to win this! Thank you for the chance!

  64. email subscriber

  65. facebook fan

  66. brigitte

    Sounds like a great package.

  67. My family could use this!

  68. Thanks for the giveaway. Hope I don’t need any of these supplies too soon.

  69. I subscribe via email

  70. I follow on twitter (moeyshay)

  71. I could use this now but who knows? Could possibly get another cold later in the season – I hope not but at least I would be prepared!!

  72. Great give away. I’m already a subscriber so let me see what else I can do.

  73. I liked you on FB. I hope that’s good.

  74. Sarah Basham

    Awesome idea Donna! Please enter me in giveaway:)

  75. Sign me up for a great prize I’d like to win and never have to use.

  76. and I follow you via e-mail.

  77. Kathleen

    I am just getting over a month long cold and have exhausted all my cold supplies. This would be good for my next cold–I know this won’t be it for the winter, unfortunately.

  78. I sure could use this! Always seem to get sick around the holidays when I can least afford it! Thanks!!

  79. Put me in for one!

  80. I just used up my supply, so this would be great for the next time around!

  81. I am signed up via email.

  82. I follow on Twitter and FB.

  83. Ironic you mention this, since I’ve been dealing with the flu all week. Feeling better today, though.

  84. I subscribe to you via e-mail.

  85. and follow you via Facebook, as well.

  86. If I do get sick, I’d certainly be ready with this kit. Thank you for the giveaway.

  87. I subscribe via Feedburner.

  88. Debbie Welchert

    I sure could use this now. I have the beginning of a cold right now. I’m sure this is only my first cold of the season. Not looking forward to the next cold either.

  89. Debbie Welchert

    I subscribed via email.

  90. Count me in, but I hope we won’t need it.

  91. Debbie Welchert

    I follow you on Twitter/flipper211

  92. mrs short

    This would be fantastic! I follow on Facebook.

  93. mrs short

    And I subscribe via email!

  94. mrs short

    And I follow on Twitter too. Could use all the luck I can get for this package! Perfect for my hubby!

  95. this sounds amazing! i get a cold once a year and i’m due for one soon..

  96. Alexandru Rusu

    Great prize!Thank you!

  97. Alexandru Rusu

    Subscribed to e-mail!

  98. Alexandru Rusu

    Liked on Facebook:Allexinno Alexys

  99. Alexandru Rusu

    Followed on Twitter! @andupustiu17

  100. FBI fan and email.

  101. What a great idea! All good things to have in the house should someone get sick.

  102. I am an email subscriber
    jackievillano at gmail dot com

  103. I follow on facebook (Jackie Villano)

  104. The “get well” supplies would really come in handy!

  105. I also subscribe by e-mail.

  106. i wanna win!! :)

  107. I subscribe via email

  108. I “like” on FB Tara Smith Maag

  109. I follow on Twitter @ ktmaag

  110. I certainly hope I don’t need this. ha-ha

  111. I’m an email subscriber.

  112. Great giveaway with everything we would need if my husband or I get sick, Hopefully we won’t, but it is always great to be prepared!

  113. I am a email subscriber

  114. I follow you on twitter @fhammons

  115. I follow you on FB (Fawn Hammons)

  116. Awesome giveaway.

  117. I follow you on Facebook!

  118. What? No Snuggie?

    What a sweet giveaway, please count me in.

  119. I also subscribe by email.

  120. I would love to have this package then I would be ready for the season

  121. email subscriber

  122. follow u on twitter-lmurley2000

  123. like u on facebook-lmurley2000

  124. This sounds like a great kit to have on hand for the upcoming cold and flu season!

    coriwestphal at msn dot com

  125. I follow you on Twitter @coriwestphal (

    coriwestphal at msn dot com

  126. Sign me up for this giveaway! On a silly side note, Kleenex is running a website that will tell you if the flu is coming to your area. Just google my-achoo and kleenex. It will ask for your zip code and then show you the forecast for the flu hitting your area. I’d rather not have anyone in the family get sick at all, but I know they will, so it would be nice to have the medicine chest stocked!
    Stay healthy!

  127. also I follow your blog through feedly

  128. and I twitter follow :)

  129. What a thoughtful package to put together- thank you!

  130. Great idea! I’m sure there will be a need for these items this winter!

  131. I follow you through Bloglovin.

  132. I “like” you on Facebook.

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