Get yourself a cold drink. I’m buying.

th-1Writing this from Austin, Texas, where I’m down for a spot of bidness. (Thanks, Savings.com, for inviting me to SaveUp2014 once more.) It’s pretty warm — not unbearable, just noticeably warmer than Anchorage. Then again, so are a lot of places.

(Quick aside: If you’re in the area, hope you’ll join me for brunch on Sunday, Aug. 3, at The Shady Grove.)

The heat helped me decide to put up another $10 Starbucks gift card for the weekly giveaway. Even if you don’t like coffee (I sure don’t), you can always find something interesting to drink there. You can also find air conditioning, which becomes increasingly important at this time of year.

Or you can save the scrip until the weather turns, then get one of those frou-frou coffee drinks or a fancy hot chocolate. Whatever works for you.

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, Aug. 5. If I don’t hear back from the winner by 7 p.m. PDT Wednesday, Aug. 6, I’ll pull another name.

Until then, stay cool.

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  1. Linda G

    The weather here is turning muggy (pun intended). I could use a little iced coffee.

  2. Linda G

    I follow by email.

  3. Starbucks coffee sounds great!

  4. Great to meet you – for reals- at SaveUp14!

  5. i follow u on facebook

  6. i love the iced teas at starbucks. way better than their coffee which is always bitter

  7. I would love to have coffee with you Donna! Maybe iced?

  8. SherryHSherryH

    – Will you join me in a cup of coffee?

    – Do you think there’ll be enough room for us both?

    Thanks for the giveaway, Donna, and hope you’re having a grand time in Austin!

  9. Maureen

    I treat myself to 1 frou-frou iced drink once a week for staying in my diet. I even get it with skim milk!

  10. Sonja J

    Thanks for sharing! πŸ™‚

  11. Sonja J

    Also a Facebook follower πŸ™‚

  12. Love this blog!

  13. I’m a facebook follower and I love coffee.

  14. I’ve never had anything from Starbucks – but I’m certainly willing to try something.

  15. You want hot come to South Florida

  16. I hope I win.

  17. I follow you on Facebook.

  18. Christine Benson

    I follow you on Facebook and always look forward to a great morning read. I have started my stocking stuffers for my kids- ages 15,24, and 27. Gift cards are awesome and they all three love Starbucks πŸ™‚

  19. Thank you for the giveaway!

  20. I subscribe via email.

  21. I also follow you on Facebook.

  22. Jennifer

    Enjoy Austin!

  23. I am going to Austin in October!

  24. Sue Klapmeier

    I just joined up on Facebook and am appreciating the sage advice. You go, girl!!!

  25. Jennifer


    Enjoy our beautiful city, here’s a link to some free activities around town this weekend:


    Have fun & stay cool!

  26. Melissa F

    I love coffee! On occasion, I do venture to Starbucks. My drink of choice is the caramel macchiato which I have started drinking with skim milk to save calories without much difference in taste. Now my husband, I often think that he could almost single-handedly keep them in business. Thanks for the giveaway.

  27. Love starbucks!

  28. Thank you – hope i win.

  29. As for heat, Arizona can’t be beat. I visited Castle Rock, AZ, one July, and it was 117 in the shade. Thank heaven for air conditioning and low humidity. I was amazed at my ability to endure 117 degrees Fahrenheit, but maybe because I was born in the deep South in July. If I win, I will treat a friend who likes Starbucks.

  30. This would be great. I’d give the card to my hubby, the Starbucks lover, for this birthday. haha!

  31. Barbara Calder

    Thank you. My family enjoys Starbucks.

  32. Barbara Calder

    I follow you on facebook.

  33. Barbara Calder

    I subscribe to you by email and love the articles. Thanks.

  34. Thank u for the contest! Enjoy your trip!

  35. Maureen

    Would love to win!

  36. Nice gift!

  37. Facebook too.

  38. We have had such a cool summer -not sure if what I would do if it got hot!

  39. I subscribe via email.

  40. I follow you on facebook

  41. I follow you on twitter-grandmasreading

  42. Love tea, not coffee! Thanks Donna! πŸ™‚

  43. Jennifer

    Enjoy Austin! At least we’ve got a cold (haha) front coming in that will knock it down to the 80’s!

  44. Sure would be great to win. I treat myself to a special coffee at SB once a week.

  45. I am a happy Facebook follower.

  46. Pam Orita

    Follow you on Facebook

  47. If it’s free…it’s for me!!! Thanks for the opportunity!!

  48. I’m not a frou frou coffee drink person, but I do like a good cup of hot tea when the weather gets cold. Thanks for the giveaway!

  49. I subscribe via feedburner

  50. I follow your tweets (moeyshay)

  51. Would love this. thanks.

  52. I subscribe via email.

  53. i follow on Facebook.

  54. Email.

  55. Facebook!

  56. Searching old articles on the web.

  57. I swore I only liked strong black or with half and half coffee. And then I tried the blond coffee at Starbucks, with half and half and cinnamon.

  58. Diane C

    I will go to starbucks(if I don’t have to pay πŸ™‚

  59. Diane C

    I follow on facebook

  60. Diane C

    I follow on email

  61. Diane C

    and….I follow on twitter

  62. I’d love a frou-frou coffee drink. thanks for the chance!

  63. I subscribe via email too!

  64. Handy and practical. Thx!

  65. I subscribe via email.

  66. I follow you on Twitter

  67. I am an e-mail subscriber! Thanks for the chance to win (again!)

  68. I follow you on Twitter and I’m a Facebook fan!

  69. I love coffee! Hot. Cold. Simple. Fancy. Any day of the year. It’s even better when it was gifted to you. Thanks for the chance to win!

  70. Mirabella

    Caramel frappucino sound so good right now!

  71. Mirabella

    Someday I will actually win one of these drawings. Thank you for the giveaways; they definitely add extra oomph to your already-wonderful blog.




  75. Gloria Jackson-Nefertiti

    I really hope I win. I live for Oprah Chai.

  76. Gloria Jackson-Nefertiti

    I follow you on Facebook.

  77. Gloria Jackson-Nefertiti

    I’m also on your email list, which is how I found out about this contest.

  78. I love your blog and iced coffee! Thanks!

  79. Thank you. I hope you are enjoying Austin.

  80. I subscribe vΓ­a email.

  81. Starbucks is a splurge for me. Would love a cup of coffee…hot or cold.
    Thank you!

  82. I subscribe via email

  83. I follow on facebook and twitter (jacvil5237)

  84. Sounds good, thanks!

  85. Melissa

    Hi, Donna. Love the Starbucks gift cards. Great!

  86. Melissa

    I also subscribe by email. Thanks.

  87. Joan V.

    Thanks for the giveaway. I love Starbucks – it’s a once a week down time place for me.

  88. Joan V.

    I am an email subscriber.

  89. Joan V.

    I follow on Facebook.

  90. I enjoy your blog and have learned a lot. I do like chai tea and usually buy from a local store. However, Starbucks will do!

  91. Receive your emails

  92. Follow on twitter

  93. Like you on Facebook

  94. Jessie C.

    Enjoy your trip.

  95. Jessie C.

    I am a subscriber.

  96. Jessie C.

    follow on facebook.

  97. lostAnnfound

    Starbucks is the treat when I go to book club once a month (well, really Tazo tea). Thanks for the giveaway!

  98. lostAnnfound

    I follow you via email.

  99. Tracy Stone

    Thanks for the giveaways!
    I like the shaken green tea in the summer.

  100. Kirstie G

    I live just outside Austin. I love it.

    • Donna Freedman

      Kirstie: Hope you can join us at The Shady Grove restaurant on Sunday, Aug. 3. I’ll arrive between 11 and 11:30 a.m., depending on my luck with the bus system.

  101. Kirstie G

    Starbucks sounds so good right now. Thank you for the offer. I am following you on Twitter and now by email too.

  102. Kirstie G

    Just signed up for your emails.

  103. Cathy in NJ

    I missed the prime number but I hope 104 buys a cup of decafe.

  104. If I won, I’d treat my husband and I to a Starbucks date. I’d get an iced coffee and treat my husband to his fave “pink drink” (lol): a nonfat, no whip raspberry mocha.

  105. I subscribe via email too. Thanks for this offer!

  106. I follow on Facebook too!

  107. I would totally to use it to buy hot tea in the summer.

  108. Yum- Starbucks! Thanks for a chance to win…

  109. Hi Donna, what a great treat to enter for a FREE starbucks giftcard! πŸ™‚ The summers, anywhere in the world, are usually pretty warm! It has been a hot one though this year in S.C.! Today, on August 2nd, it is fairly cool and rainy- my sister and I actually turned off the A/C overnight.
    Can you believe it?! πŸ™‚

  110. Donna, I follow you on FB and love your posts! Thanks!

  111. iced coffee!

  112. Jennifer

    Starbucks: my favorite guilty pleasure!

  113. Jennifer

    I follow on email.

  114. Jennifer

    I also follow on Facebook.

  115. I enjoyed your thoughtful post the other day about the good/bad things that happen in our life.
    My parents are from Bridgeton and Cedarville,and I’ve enjoyed learning about NJ as I work on Ancestry.com. (You had mentioned that you were from S. Jersey).

  116. I love my Starbucks lattes. Great giveaway!

  117. I subscribe via RSS reader.

  118. I follow you on twitter (@kaylynnakers)

  119. Samantha

    I’m gonna put in another vote for HOT drinks this summer, since it seems like the world is air condition-ing me to within an inch of my life!

  120. Samantha

    I also follow on FB.

  121. I am so addicted to the Blackberry Mojito Tea Lemonade. It is a mix of so many unusual flavors. And since it is odd and I love it, it is sure not to return next year.

  122. Saw this in my feed reader…(to be continued!)

  123. …and was reminded by facebook to stop by!

  124. Hot coffee in the morning, iced when it gets hot. Even though SB is a huge chain, the one in my neighborhood feels like a little local spot. It’s the “Cheers” of coffee shops.

  125. I could use this for a daughter’s Christmas stocking.

  126. I subscribe to you via e-mail…

  127. …and follow you on Facebook, as well.

  128. KHBride

    I wish I could join you for a frap!

  129. KHBride

    I subscribe via email

  130. KHBride

    I follow on fb and twitter

  131. Cindy Brooks

    Love a Mocha Java Chip Frapaccino on a hot day!
    someluckydog at gmail dot com

  132. Cindy Brooks

    e-mail subscriber
    someluckydog at gmail dot com

  133. Cindy Brooks

    following on facebook
    someluckydog at gmail dot com

  134. Thanks for a fun giveaway!

  135. I would like to win this, would enjoy some tea.

  136. Following on Twitter under @moneydebate

  137. Dee coyee

    Faithfully follow on Facebook.

  138. Dee coyee

    Follow on email also.

  139. Eric K.

    Follow on email

  140. It would be nice to win this gift card. I could treat myself for once and not feel guilty!

  141. I also subscribe by e-mail.

  142. I don’t drink coffee, but DH would love this! thanks for another great giveaway.


  144. 148 comments? it’ll be a cold day in hell if I win. And if I do, is there a Starbucks in hell?
    I RSS your site and read daily.

  145. Glenda Bossow

    I drink coffee, and an afternoon iced coffee is a rare summer treat!

  146. Mmmm. A spluge “misto”. Just as good as a latte to my untrained taste buds, but much cheaper.

  147. Rebekah

    Iced coffee is a great way to beat the heat!

  148. I’m with you on the air conditioner — luckily not to hot here today.

  149. Count me in! Enjoy your visit πŸ™‚

  150. Carolina Cooper

    Having all ready proven that lightning DOES strike twice in the same place, let’s see if we can make it a triple play! I follow you on Facebook, ex-Inky girl!

  151. It will be interesting to read your conference write-up. Enjoy.

  152. When Starbucks first came on the scene I made a (bad) habit of going often. I now save it for a special treat. So it would be a treat to win this gift card!

  153. And I follow you on Facebook.

  154. lake livin'

    Perfect way to celebrate the kids going back to school!

  155. Athena Rayner

    Thnaks, I could definately drink something nice and cold!

  156. Thanks for the opportunity

  157. Monica M.

    I love the coffee, but not the prices. I could use the $10 gift card, for sure, as a special treat!

  158. Love an iced coffee on a hot day!

  159. follow via email

  160. Love that Starbucks.


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