Hold Onto Your Cookies!

It’s getting to be that wonderful time of year when darling little girls, diligently guarded by overly stern mothers, begin knocking on doors and setting up shop in front of discount super centers across the nation.

It’s Girl Scout Cookie time people.

That’s right, whether your seasonal jones is for Peanut Butter Tagalongs, Samoas, Do-Si-Dos, or wait for it…THIN MINTS, we are once again about to enter a new year filled will delectable temptations, destined to derail our new years resolutions.

And this year the Girl Scouts are bringing the heat high and inside…

Yesterday I was informed that there will be a new addition to the Girl Scout line up of cookies this year.

At first I laughed it off because I didn’t believe that it would be possible for the scouts to improve upon their already stellar, and time-tested, offerings but listen to this description of the new “Savanna Smiles”:

“This lemon wedge cookie is cool and crisp, with just the right number of lemon chips to deliver tiny bursts of flavor.”

Who doesn’t want to try a box-and-a-half of that?

Keep a sharp eye out because you’ll only have about two months to do so. Girl Scout cookie sales usually end in late February and unless you know one personally, don’t just expect a Scout or a Brownie to arrive at your doorstep.

Safety concerns dictate that you are much more likely to run across a booth outside a grocery store.

This is a good thing, because instead of placing an order, you’ll usually be able to purchase actual cookies in good quantities.

This year, expect to pay about $3.50 -$4.00 per box, and make sure to ask the girls about what they are raising money for. While some troops have specific goals and others are general, one of the overarching aims of the cookie sale is to help the children develop social skills.

Since selling cookies outside a Safeway can be a little intimidating, do what you can to make it a good experience for everybody involved.

If you’re a man, know what you want before you walk up. Make eye contact with the moms first, then ask a question or two and move along when you are done… especially if you have a beard or a mustache.

If you are a woman, chit-chat with the moms AFTER the sale, but don’t try to haggle for a “bonus box” or “bulk discount”. No one wants to see a fight break out over cookies, in front of children, at a fundraiser.

Also, remember to bring your small bills since the kids aren’t running a banking operation… although I’m pretty sure that not being able to break more than a twenty is a strategy to get me to, “Oh just give me another box then!”

Not that I’m complaining ;)

Give your favorite Girl Scout cookie a shout out here, along with your favorite method of disposing of them!

Mine are the Samoas, accompanied by a VERY cold glass of milk.

8 Responses to “Hold Onto Your Cookies!”

  1. Drew January 6, 2012 at 10:27 am #

    What if I have a beard AND a mustache???

  2. Sharon O January 6, 2012 at 10:37 am #

    Usually I purchase about 6 boxes of thin mints they are wonderful with a hot cup of coffee, but we are on a ‘new’ weight loss program SO I could purchase a few and freeze them.
    Is temptation good? My police officer son often would call and say ‘hey you have some cookies I just made coffee’ so I can let him have them for patrol nights.

  3. Karen January 6, 2012 at 12:13 pm #

    Thin Mints: Frozen to perfection.

  4. Darcy Hansen January 6, 2012 at 3:01 pm #

    Thin Mints- I buy at least 4 boxes of “the black cookie” as my son calles them. He and I can finish off a box easy as an after school treat. They are delicious when fresh out of the freezer! Happy eating!

  5. Jeff Patterson January 6, 2012 at 8:43 pm #

    After eating ALL the random, awful, leftover cookies in the office (did I mention the terrible ones?), because I score a zero on the self-control test, these will be welcome true treat.

    I too have “a beard and mustache” as our daughter describes, in giggles. I guess the Mrs. will have to pick up a couple boxes for me. Don’t want any awkwardness to be portrayed.

  6. Jordan January 7, 2012 at 3:09 pm #

    The Girl Scouts are out in full force in Sherwood today. I took your advice and asked what they were raising money for. One said an animal shelter and the other said “a charity”. Get ready for them, they knock twice.

  7. Denise Lehr January 8, 2012 at 10:54 pm #

    I used to be a Girl Scout. Selling cookies was terrifying for me (since I was/am shy). It was more terrifying selling at the grocery store, not to mention boring, but we learn good skills (social, business, finance, etc) by selling cookies, plus the money went to the troop. One time we raised enough money to go to San Fransisco (my troop was in Prineville, OR), so this was a big deal to us. :) My favorite cookie is Samoas and Thin Mints. Yumm. :)

  8. Charley Blom January 11, 2012 at 12:45 pm #

    Jon
    tagalongs. our little girl scout takes advantage of a closed market and sells in our little church at Taylorsville. What a great sale, lots of standin grand parents who are a sucker these cookies and helping a child grown in social skills.
    thanks for the thought

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