Ways to Help Your Kids Sell More Girl Scout Cookies

Want to know how your kids can sell more Girl scout cookies? I was a Girl Scout. What’s more, my Mom was a Girl Scout leader. Those facts alone don’t make me qualified to help you. What does? Well, let’s just say I’ve sold more than my share of Trefoils, Thin Mints and Samoas. Both for myself and my own daughter. This year those Samoas will be going by the name Caramel Delites or some such thing. To this I say, a cookie by any other name still tastes awesome. But that’s not why you’re here is it? You’re here to find out how to help your kids sell more Girl Scout cookies.

Buy them yourself. I’m joking of course. Still, a lot of parents do this very thing. When their little troopers aren’t selling their share of cookies, they order a years supply. Why is that so bad? Well, for starters, it doesn’t teach your kids anything about work ethic or salesmanship. It’s also cheating and being a Girl Scout isn’t about cheating. The Girl Scout pledge begins with the words, On my honor. Is cheating an honorable thing to do? Not in my Girl Scout manual.

Bringing the order form to work is a time honored tradition. Take it one step further. Bring your little Girl Scout with you. Let her set up shop in the break room. It’s a lot harder to say no to a cute little uniformed ten year old than it is to say no to a co-worker. They’ll be going on and on about what an enterprising young lady she is. Bring extra pencils and order sheets. You’ll need them.

Buy your cookies in advance. Take advantage of the power of instant gratification. Your kids are a lot more likely to sell something that yummy if it’s right there in front of the customers face. Let’s face it. Girl Scout Cookies are almost impossible to resist in person. Can’t you just taste those Trefoils melting away in your mouth? Did you ever dunk one in hot cocoa?

How about a demonstration? Nobody can eat just one. You know that extreme hot chocolate you make at home? When your kids are selling Girl Scout Cookies, make sure they bring along a crock pot full of the most delightfully lethal hot cocoa you can dream up. Open a box of Trefoils. Have them give out a free cup of cocoa and a couple cookies to passersby. They’ll be instantly hooked. They’re not bad spread with peanut butter or Nutella either. Add a jar of either to your kids cookie sales arsenal.

There’s always the old grocery store technique. It’s a tried and true favorite. Park your kids in front of the grocery store with their boxes of Girl Scout Cookies. Shoppers who were going to buy cookies anyway will feel guilty if they don’t share the wealth. Plus, there are all those aging Girl Scouts like me who can’t pass up a chance to relive their childhoods. Girl Scout Cookies are getting expensive. Still, it’s a small price to pay to bask in your youth.

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