What A Cookie Can Do

2000 boxes of cookiesThat was the theme for this year’s Girl Scout Cookie Sale, and I can tell you what it can do…send the cookie mom to the crazy house.

The year started out in the midst of being Cookie Mom for my six-year-old’s Daisy troop. When 2000 boxes of cookies arrived at my home and filled a room, my kids thought we’d won the lottery.

This is what heaven looks like to Cookie Monster.

Stupid lady saying yes I'll do itI got all excited at the word “cookie” and screamed “I’ll do it!” without first reading the job description. The fine print that should have been included:

Two months of your life will be sacrificed…you will never get them back. Your house will fall apart while simultaneously being transformed into a warehouse. You will do more math than you have seen since High School and the red tape of paperwork rivals that of the Pentagon. You will also gain 10 to 15 pounds thanks to the convenience of purchasing Samoas from the comfort of your living room at 2am so good luck with that.

2012 suckers guide to selling cookiesSeems simple. Just sell cookies. They practically sell themselves, but there is an entire notebook full of paperwork and rules to follow. Inventory to track. Incentives and patches to order.

After a month of presales was complete, a month of booth duty followed. This consists of loading up cases of cookies, a table, cash box, and two 6 year olds who have the cuteness factor working for them.

I remember being a girl scout and wanting that 100 cookie sale patch so badly I could taste the thread I would be using to sew it on. It never happened. My daughter gets the 250 box patch! She’s cuter, a better salesman, and much more determined. Needless to say I did not go into sales.

The trash men are probably trying to get a glimpse of the crazy person who is eating cookies by the case. This was a light day with only 3 boxes.

Then there was all the excitement of constantly counting money with distractions.
counting cookie money

If that wasn’t enough to do, this is the time:
bad hair

  • My oven died
  • My daughter decided that cutting Barbie’s hair wasn’t as fun as taking a chuck out of her own…to the scalp. This photo is the painful regrowth process we are enduring.
  • Taxes
  • Millions of practices for 4 MPA (Music Practice Assessment) performances for 2 kids (band AND orchestra)
  • Little one lost her precious blankie.
  • A million other distractions keeping me from blogging – including addictions to Scramble and Draw Something.

So now that I’m officially done with cookies, I hope to be here more often again. This post is to remind me next year to just say “no”. I did my time.


  1. I wish that UK did this in their version of Girl Scouts! It looks like something really cool to do. Good luck with it all.
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    • Cristian Balau says:

      Lol, same here. As a child, watching Hollywood movies I always been curios about the boy scouts, never understood the actual purpose of the organization…

  2. Allan Douglas

    Oh, wow – you ARE Supermom.
    Does all that math count towards an MBA?
    At least people hair does grow back. Funny though how when you want it to stay as it is it grows SO fast, but when a chunk is missing, it grows so SLOOOOWLY.

    The Blankie is missing? Oh no… call the FBI (Federal Blankie Investigators) oh, wait – you ARE the FBI. I have a hound dog you may borrow if needed – she LIKES cookies.

  3. Wow all those cookies – I know all about cookie problems. I have thousands of them of all sizes and they are tracking me all over the internet. Since I want to keep 2 or 3, it keeps me from deleting them all. Maybe some girl scouts will start selling them for me.

    good luck finding the blanket Melinda!

  4. Update: I found blankie and the world of a six year old was righted. 🙂

  5. Sandra Taylor says:

    That must be a tough but fun experience. You should do that again next year and tell us about that again. Good luck finding your little girl’s blankie, she must be very upset! ^^,
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  6. Maryden25 says:

    Wow! so how was it? Does selling cookies makes sense? I’ve been a girl scout too, but instead of cookie we’re selling that time, we sell Girl Scout’s pins.
    But it’s fun, isn’t it!
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  7. Beautiful drawing. This post is really great post nice to her that she is selling cookies.
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  8. You’re killing me! Your daughter took a chunk out of her hair? That’s Bill Cosby-esque! And yes, you let the cookie mention draw you in; I’m thinking that would have happened to me if I’d had a daughter. Poor woman.
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  9. I started reading this post dreaming of Samoas and by the end of it I was rocking back and forth covered in hives. 🙂 Sounds like it was a horror.
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  10. Karin Hansen says:

    All those cookies? I don’t think I can do that! Must’ve been a big relief when it was over.
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  11. I can be more happier than a graphics girl by listening about the cookies. Good combination of text and picture in the post.
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  12. Hi Melinda!
    I can understand all this because i am also facing such type of issues. These are all also the part of our life. Thanks for sharing.
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  13. Wow! That sounds awful! You are awesome for doing it, though. Hey, I’ve seen super short bangs in models. Maybe your daughter can start a new trend at her school. 🙂
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  14. Your daughter sounds like me when I was younger! When I was 5, I gave Barbie a haircut, my big fluffy dog and decided to cut my fringe off!

  15. Another image of pure happiness ruined forever. The first time I went to Disney World, as I was entering the park, two of the employees were griping about their jobs. Now I find out there’s misery even behind Girl Scout cookies. Great post, though. I love the drawings. What are Squinkies?
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  16. Just wanted to say that i wouldnt mind you talking to much 🙂 , pretty
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  17. WOW – as fellow refugee from Campfire Girls, I am pleased to find the lid off THIS cookie jar! See my blog re: ‘Bake Sale’ for a similar experience, exposing the darker side of the cookie sales equation!
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  18. 250 boxes is a massive effort! While I never sold cookies, as a boy scout we sold chocolate bars to raise money and I think I was never able to sell over 50. I love the photo of a room full of cookies though 🙂
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  19. Upon reading this post I was reminded of my childhood day, but not as a Girls scout selling cookies. I was then a Boy scout selling different goods in our entrepreneurial training. Your post really made me smile.
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  20. Actually I know how it feels to have the house full of stuff…
    I was so smart to start a webshop from home. (No cookies 🙁 )
    After a few months my house was full with boxes and my family wasn’t that happy with it…
    Something I did not really think about before…
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  21. Haha Dude.. I am not much into reading, but somehow I got to read lots of articles on your blog. Its amazing how interesting it is for me to visit you very often. I never have been a girl scout 😀 and sold cookies 😀

  22. Hi,

    really informative article!! it seems funny. I like the little story of cookie!!

    Thanks for share with me!!
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  23. “I think it’s great. People get to buy cookies and then we get to sell all these,” said 8-year-old Girl Scout Erin Donnelly.
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  24. Let’s be clear about online sales, though. The girl that is the subject of this controversy was not trying to SELL COOKIES online. She was trying to accept monetary donations through Paypal to raise funds for our armed forces. There is a big difference between someone going on EBay and shilling cookies and the little girl trying to raise cash. That being said, if EBay and Amazon sales are banned because the parents are selling the cookies (hopefully minors are not selling on eBay anyway)…then the GSA needs to make their policy consistent and forbid parents to take order forms or cookies to work to sell them there. That’s why I don’t buy this argument that online sales or online cash donations aren’t allowed because they’re not teaching the girls the skills that are the lynchpin of the program. Parents taking cookies to work is, as far as I can tell, not tolerated, but openly discussed and approved in the rules (at least in our area).
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  25. Maribel Sabino, a 14-year-old Senior Girl Scout taking a break from sales to seek shelter from the cold, sat with her family at a café in midtown Manhattan. “We are here selling Girl Scout Cookies to inform people that Girl Scouts is not only about selling cookies and camping, but it is about how Girl Scouts is the number one girl-led business in the world,” she said.
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