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How to say no to Girl Scout cookies

Molly Cerreta Smith has enjoyed a career in the publishing industry for more than 10 years. As an editor of several regional magazines, she has had the opportunity throughout her career to meet many local celebrities, businesspeople, ent...

How to turn down a Girl Scout

It's Girl Scout cookie season! And while some are rejoicing the arrival of the delectable delights, others (ahem, especially those of us who just started out New Year's diets and are hoping to make it 'til March) are dreading the onslaught of the crumbly sensations. But how do you say no to your best friend's daughter (or worse, your boss's!), or the darling girl next door (who – fingers crossed – will babysit your kids in a few short years…)? So what's a Girl Scout cookie-loving girl to do once those sweets-peddling princesses come knocking? Here are a few Girl Scout cookie scenarios and how to get yourself out of them… without burying yourself in boxes of Thin Mints and Do-si-dos.

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The neighborhood Girl Scouts come a' knocking or they've set up shop outside your local grocer.

How to deal

Go ahead and admit that you've had to tighten your belt and cut all indulgences including Girl Scout cookies (sob). Say something simple but definitive like "I'd love to help you out, but my budget won't allow extra indulgences this year. Please come by next year and hopefully I'll be able to help you out."

If you don't want to open the invitation for possible purchases in the future, simply say, "Unfortunately I can't eat Girl Scout cookies for dietary reasons." They don't have to know that "dietary reason" is that you are still trying to squeeze into your size 2's from college.

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