How to say no to Girl Scout cookies

Jan 11, 2011 at 1:30 p.m. ET

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 1Girl scout selling cookies

Your best friend's daughter is a Girl Scout.

How to deal

If your best friend has a daughter in Girl Scouts but you don't want to be bombarded with boxes of cookies, offer to write a check to the organization (or her chapter) instead. This way, you can still help out but you won't have to stock your pantry with over-processed packaged cookies that – while oh-so-good – are nothing but little diet demolishers.

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