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How to say no to Girl Scout cookies

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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.

Scenario 4How to turn down a Girl Scout

Your niece is peddling Girl Scout cookies, but you already bought 10 rolls of wrapping paper from her last fundraiser just before Christmas time, not to mention the tubs of frozen cookie dough that still haunt you when you open the freezer.

How to deal

Talk to your sib and make a pact. Tell your sister that you are really trying to drop the LBs, so you just can't afford the extra calories right now. But in exchange for keeping your niece at bay, promise her that you won't hit her up when your son's Little League team starts fundraising for new uniforms. Deal.

If you do end up saying yes to a few boxes of Girl Scout cookies, it doesn't mean you have to eat them all. Send them into work with your husband, bring them to your next book club get together (amazing how lovely a Trefoil goes with a bottle of wine!) or donate them to a food shelter.

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