Giveaway: A $10 Starbucks gift card.

thIt’s summer and it’s hot. Beat the heat, if only temporarily, with a frou-frou cold beverage at Starbucks.

Some people say that hot tea and hot coffee are actually more cooling. They may be right.

To me, though, an iced tea or cold soft drink or even plain old water is what I want when I’m feeling hot and sticky.

Full disclosure: I don’t generally go to Starbucks because, well, frugal. But this week I’m making it easier on some reader’s budget by giving away $10 worth of SB gift cards.

Lemonade, iced coffee, Frappuccino, iced tea, something called a Very Berry Hibiscus Refresher — take your pick, as long as it’s under ten bucks.

Or have a cup of hot tea. Weirdo.

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 Monday, June 9. If I don’t hear back from the winners by 7 p.m. PDT Tuesday, June 10,Β I’ll pull a new winner.

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  1. I would love this. Thanks again for the Walmart card ..love it.

  2. We rarely visit Starbucks these days so this would be an awesome little treat! Thanks for the chance to win. πŸ™‚

    P.S. I’d get a frapp. I love them!

  3. I receive your emails

  4. I like you on FB

  5. Karen

    I would love to try the very berry refresher!!! Love your posts, Thank you!

  6. Kate Frale

    Iced coffee yumm!

  7. Thank you for all of the good advice on your blog. I printed off the college checklist. My only starts in August…..

  8. Jessie C.

    Love iced soy latte for summer!

  9. Jessie C.

    FAcebook liker

  10. Jessie C.

    I am a subscriber

  11. Heidi Embrey

    I’ve never been to Starbucks either. Thanks for the chance πŸ™‚

  12. Heidi Embrey

    I subscribe via email. Thanks πŸ™‚

  13. Heidi Embrey

    I like you on facebook and receive notifications! Thanks πŸ™‚

  14. Great Giveaway, we are having a lovely sunny day in Seattle.

  15. Veronica

    I could use that icy beverage about now!

  16. Veronica

    I follow on FB

  17. Veronica

    I also subscribe via email!

  18. Mami2jcn

    My husband loves Starbucks!

  19. Mami2jcn

    I subscribe via email.

  20. Mami2jcn

    I like you on Facebook as Mary Happymommy.

  21. Glenna

    I would love this! Happy Friday!!

  22. Shannon

    I don’t often myself, but I do love grabbing a cold drink there in the summer!

  23. Samantha

    I’d buy a hot drink – everywhere I go is cranking the AC! I need to bring jackets with me!

  24. Samantha


  25. Linda

    love your blog – I won the walmart card and plan on giving it as a gift – this would make a nice addition.

  26. Cindy Smith

    Please pick me.

  27. Love starbucks, thanks!

  28. What a great contest

  29. Already a subscriber

  30. Like you on facebook

  31. Julie

    I’m new to your blog and looking forward to new ideas. I just began following by email.

  32. Julie

    I’m following you on twitter….Starbucks is more fun when it’s free!

  33. conee corning banks

    love your blog

  34. conee corning banks

    follow you on facebook

  35. Laure

    I’d love to win! Thx

  36. Laure

    I subscribe via email

  37. Laure

    I follow you on Twitter

  38. Jennifer

    Sign me up! mmm caramel frappuccino….

  39. I hardly ever visit Starbucks but this would be a nice treat!

  40. I love Starbucks cake pops and chocolate croissants.

  41. We love to go to Starbucks -but just every great once in a while! Their coffee is great.

  42. I follow you on fb

  43. I get your emails

  44. I visit every day to catch up!

  45. I follow you on twitter-grandmasreading

  46. I’d love to win this!

  47. Cathy in NJ

    I would love a decaf:)

  48. Mirabella

    I do love their caramel frappuccinos. Please sign me up!

  49. lake livin'

    I never let myself go. I would love this!

  50. Lynda

    this would be wonderful for the summer!

  51. Melissa F

    My husband is one that will order a hot drink on a sweltering day. Not me! Bring on an ice cold Mocha Cookie Crumble Frappuccino or a Caramel Ribbon Crunch Frappuccino-OH YEAH!

  52. Meghan

    Yum. I haven’t been to Starbucks in years, but I’d love to win this and get something cool to beat this heat and humidity.

  53. Meghan

    I follow you on facebook.

  54. Amanda P.

    I just discovered your blog!! I would love to win!

  55. Amanda P.

    I subscribe on facebook!

  56. Amanda P.

    And I just subscribed via feedburner!

  57. Pam Orita

    Like you on FB and have followed you for years since MSN Money. Crossing my fingers.

  58. i really LOVE getting an iced coffee with soymilk, and starbucks does this better than anyone.

  59. Ann in GP

    90 degrees in so. Oregon. Frapp weather! Have followed you since MSN days.

  60. Jennifer B

    I like treating my daughter’s coach to a starbucks during morning practices – this would help out!

  61. Jennifer B

    I also subscribe via feedburner!

  62. Yes please!

  63. Leela

    Thanks for the giveaway!

  64. Leela

    I subscribed by email.

  65. Thanks for the opportunity to win! I appreciate it.

  66. I’m an email subscriber.

  67. Diana

    I would love to win this gift card!

  68. I follow you on Facebook.

  69. Diana

    I receive your emails too.

  70. Cindy Brooks

    Love my Starbucks mocha! Drinking one right now…a hot one…in Hawaii!
    someluckydog at gmail dot com

  71. Cindy Brooks

    e-mail subscriber
    someluckydog at gmail dot com

  72. Cindy Brooks

    following on facebook
    someluckydog at gmail dot com

  73. lostAnnfound

    Who you calling a weirdo?? VERY rarely go there but it will be a hot tea for sure! Thanks for the giveaway

  74. lostAnnfound

    I follow you via email

  75. Cathy

    Starbucks coffee is the best,,plus free wifi. What more could you ask for?

  76. Pedro

    I like the tea at Starbucks. Thank you for the giveaway.

  77. Pedro

    I subscribe via email.

  78. Leilani

    I subscribe to your emails.

  79. Would love to win the gift card. But would be passing it off to DD2 who is a hard working intern this summer. She’s working 40 hours and this would be just the treat after a hard day at “the salt mine”.

  80. Would love this as a treat!

  81. Tina in NJ

    My 11-year-old daughter has discovered the delights of frappiccinos. She would love the GC. (I’ll probably stick with my Diet Coke.)

  82. Carnette Ball

    I have tried & tried to receive your emails. It says I’m already subscribed, but no confirmation comes in my inbox or my junk mail. I’m so sad. I really miss the emails because I don’t follow Facebook as much as I check my email. πŸ™

  83. I would love some Starbucks!

  84. I am an email subscriber

  85. I like you on FB

  86. terri whalen

    I would love this!

  87. Julie R

    I love a cold Starbucks drink as a special treat in the summer.

  88. CarolH

    This is such a great give-away. Thanks from an iced coffee lover!!

  89. CarolH

    I’m a Facebook “Like”r.

  90. CarolH

    I happily follow Surviving and Thriving by RSS feed through My Yahoo!!

  91. Debbie E.

    Coffee be my friend πŸ™‚

  92. Debbie E.

    I follow on Facebook (Debbie Worster)

  93. Debbie E.

    And I subscribe via email πŸ™‚
    Thanks for the giveaway – glad you’re feeling better!

  94. Linda

    It’s getting hot enough that I could use a cool drink.

  95. Linda

    Subscribe by email

  96. Linda

    Follow on Twitter

  97. Linda

    Like on Facebook

  98. Mary G

    This time of year down in Georgia, businesses turn up the AC so much, you need a warm drink and long sleeves at work to keep from getting chilled! A drink from Starbucks sounds lovely!

  99. Carol

    Starbucks is a treat when I’m on vacation. That’s why we are frugal the rest of the time eh?

  100. Aimee

    Would love a Starbucks treat!

  101. Joan V.

    This would be a lovely treat for myself. Starbucks is also offering half iced tea/half lemonade drinks, too.

  102. Joan V.

    I am an email subscriber and thanks for the giveaway.

  103. Joan V.

    I also “like” on Facebook.

  104. Best Bun

    Just moved my old self to a new house. Hot thirsty work. Won’t you give an old couple a cold drink? We can look real pitiful if necessary.

    Best wishes from Best Bun.

  105. Deb Coy

    Receive emails and follow on Facebook. Love their carpaccio.

  106. Caroline Kipps

    I’m a weirdo!!!

  107. Maureen

    I usually buy a lb of decaf Sumatra and after I make a pot, I refrigerate it. Then I usually have an iced coffee every afternoon and it’s so strong that it’s almost like having a latte.

  108. Maureen

    I’m also following via facebook. And for my last comment (the one about buying the lb of coffee) I used the incorrect e-mail. I just moved and have to remember to change my e-mail address. Oh brother!

  109. Terry

    I like Starbucks pastries!

  110. Terry

    Facebook too.

  111. Ellie

    I love your giveaways!

  112. Pretty please, this would be a great treat for my week. <3

  113. I LOVE iced tea and their passion tea is yummy. Of course I make my own at home and only splurge on theirs once in a while!

  114. Peach

    What an awesome gift! The only time I go to Starbucks is when I need used coffee grounds for my garden πŸ™‚

  115. I go to Starbucks for a latte every weekend and would love to win this giveaway.

  116. petra

    As Starbucks isn’t in my budget, this would be a wonderful treat!

  117. petra

    I subscribe via feedburner

  118. petra

    I follow your tweets (moeyshay)

  119. I’d love to win – I have a hard time to splurge on Starbucks

  120. Peach

    signed up for emails.

  121. KALENA

    enjoy following your blog

  122. Ellen

    Would be great this summer to have a refreshing drink to cool off! πŸ™‚

  123. Follow via email

  124. Great giveaway

  125. rusty

    Love it!

  126. rusty

    I be a subscriber to the email.

  127. rusty

    I’m a facebook fan.

  128. Jeanne

    Sounds yummy!

  129. Alaina

    As a first year teacher, this gift card would be put to good use!

  130. I subscribe via email. Thanks for the chance!

  131. Mary Jane

    Sometimes the chance to sit in the Starbucks air conditioning is worth the price of a latte.

  132. LeRainDrop

    I would love to win! Just hopped over here from GRS — looks like this is a blog to add to my regular line-up πŸ™‚

  133. I love Starbucks, but I can rarely justify the expense. This would be great.

  134. MARTHA

    WOW !!!!!!!! Starbucks is a nice treat thanks for the chance….

  135. MARTHA

    I follow you by email…TY

  136. MARTHA

    I follow you on FB,,,TY

  137. Lynda

    i follow you on twitter @oshkoshbgosh321

  138. Rhonda A

    I subscribe via email.

  139. Rhonda A

    I buy the sweets!

  140. Lynda

    i like you on facebook

  141. This would be a fun treat

  142. Desiree

    I drink Starbucks 4 times a week! It is my “break time” from the kids and my reward lol.
    Thanks for the chance !

  143. Desiree

    Email Subscriber

  144. Desiree

    Liked on Facebook!

  145. Kristen

    I’m hooked on Hazelnut Lattes.

  146. I just liked your page on facebook. I’m new to the blog, seems great! Thanks!

  147. Catfight

    Oh yeah. Who doesn’t love a Starbucks?

  148. E'Beth

    Confession: I’ve never been to Starbucks. But, I’d really like to try it just to see what all the hoopla is all about.

  149. Maggie

    Thank you for the giveaway offer. I would take my husband out for a Starbucks date if I won.

  150. Maggie

    I subscribe via email…and usually drink hot coffee in the summer! πŸ˜€

  151. Maggie

    I follow you on Facebook.

  152. Christine

    Ooooh, sounds so good.

  153. Jackie

    Starbucks is a splurge for us. I would love to try the Very Berry Hibiscus Refresher. Looks very refreshing.
    Thank you!

  154. Jackie

    I am an email subscriber

  155. Jackie

    I follow on twitter (jacvil5237)

  156. rosa rugosa

    A Very Berry Hibiscus Refresher sounds perfect for a hot summer day treat!

  157. ana gomez

    I get your emails

  158. ana gomez

    Would love to win!

  159. Sylvia

    It would be nice to win this and allow myself a treat!

  160. Sylvia

    I also subscribe by e-mail.

  161. Jacqueline Robinson

    Donna, I just discovered your site. Just like Starbucks, your anecdotes laced with experiential wisdom are very refreshing! Thank you for sharing.

  162. This would be nice to win.

  163. I subscribe to your email.

  164. I follow by Twitter & Facebook.

  165. Thanks for the chance! I love starbucks! πŸ™‚

  166. I subscribe via email.

  167. I like you on fb as Dee G.

  168. Sandy Douglass

    I’ve never seen your page until yesterday. Interesting.

  169. I’d love it – I do starbucks 1x a week with work friends!

  170. Jaycie V

    Thanks for the giveaway!

  171. Jaycie V

    I “like” the blog on Facebook.

  172. Jaycie V

    And I subscribe via e-mail!

  173. Thank you for including our post. That was very kind of you. And have fun in Atlanta. Sounds hot.

  174. I followed by Twitter as AlexandraFunFit

  175. Deedee

    There is a Starbucks in the building where I work and I pretty much never go there. Maybe three or four times a year. But I would love to hang out and have a cool drink there this summer with your gift card!

  176. Deedee

    And I like Surviving and Thriving on Facebook!

  177. Ro in San Diego

    I follow you on Facebook.

  178. Ro in San Diego

    I follow you by email too. I very rarely go into Starbucks but when I do I use a gift card I got for free.

  179. Carolina Cooper

    I follow your column (here) and your comments on Facebook. Can lightning strike THRICE in the same place? I am ever hopeful.

  180. Kristen

    I subscribe via email! Thanks for a great giveaway πŸ™‚

  181. Kristen

    I also follow you on Twitter (@kchowy)

  182. Kristen

    I also like you on Facebook! I hope I win πŸ˜‰

  183. Tammy

    Their coffeecake is my guilty pleasure. πŸ™‚

  184. Gayle Erwin

    While I don’t get coffee there often it is local to one of my favorite hangouts. I love just a regular cup of joe.

  185. rachel

    Coffee sounds so good right now…

  186. Wendy Roberson Welch

    I love your site and this giveaway!!!!

  187. Wendy Roberson Welch

    I subscribe via email.

  188. Wendy Roberson Welch

    I follow via Twitter: @wrwelch

  189. Lisa O

    Sounds like an offer I cannot pass up! Have A Nice Day πŸ™‚

  190. Nicole

    I completely agree that iced drinks are the way to go when it’s hot and sticky!

  191. Rob Sorbo

    I love coffee!

  192. Rob Sorbo

    I just followed on Twitter (@robasorbo

  193. Rob Sorbo

    I just subscribed by RSS.

  194. Hi, I am a new reader and I would love to win that Starbucks card. Looking forward to reading more of your blog. πŸ™‚

  195. ashley

    I love iced coffee in the summer!

  196. ashley

    I follow via email!

  197. ELISE

    I love their frappes but also the half iced team/lemonade!

  198. I believe Gibbs (NCIS) espouses the hot coffee for a hot day theory but I’m not going for it πŸ™‚

  199. I follow via Feedburner of course.

  200. Yum! Iced coffee!

  201. Carson

    Sign me up!

  202. tricia be

    Who wouldn’t want one of these, yum!

  203. laura winter

    I love Starbucks!!!!!!!!!!!

  204. Would love to try the new Refreshers!

  205. karla

    Keep me hydrated..sign me up.

  206. Katie Rae

    Who doesn’t love free things πŸ™‚

  207. Glenda Bossow

    hibiscus cooler, definitely!

  208. Vicky Fox

    This would be great πŸ™‚

  209. Vicky Fox

    I follow on Facebook

  210. I love you because you called me/us weirdo. We’re all weird.

  211. I’m already an email subscriber: tammigirl@gmail

  212. I’m also subscribed to your feeds; tammigirlie at yahoo

  213. And yep, I already like you on facebook too.

  214. Jessie

    Sounds good, thanks.

  215. Athena Rayner

    Cool thanks for the opportunity to win something fun!

  216. Sonja J

    Yay for Starbucks! Thanks for sharing.

  217. Sonja J

    Also a Facebook follower πŸ™‚

  218. Kathryn

    I’ve been making my own iced tea at home to bring to work in a traveling thermos, but I would love to win to be able to meet someone out for a drink!

  219. Kathryn

    I follow via email!

  220. Teinegurl

    i’m subscribed via email

  221. Entering. Thanks for the giveaway!


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