How Much Do Girl Scout Cookies Cost?
Girl Scout cookies are boxed cookies that are sold by the girl scouts in order to raise funds for the organization. Juliette Gordon Low, the founder of the Girl Scouts, started this concept of selling cookies as an activity for fundraising when Girl Scouts baked cookies from homes and then sold them door-to-door in the 1920s and 1930s. To date, Thin Mints are the best-selling girl scout cookies and accounts for approximately 25 percent of total cookie sales. While girl scout councils are allowed to choose the cookies to sell from the several different varieties available, they are obligated to sell Thin Mints in addition to Peanut Butter Sandwiches/Dosi-Dos and Shortbreads/Trefoils.
How much is it?
- Girl Scout cookies differ depending on the area of the country. Each one of the 300 plus local GSUSA councils has the right to set their own price on the basis of its needs and know-how of the local market. Currently, the price of the cookies ranges from around $3 to $4 per box.
- For example, the Girls Scouts of Western Ohio charge $4 per box.
What is going to be included?
- Girl Scout Cookies are cookies sold by GSUSA (Girl Scouts of the USA) among its major fundraisers for the local Scout units. The GSUSA members have been selling cookies ever since 1917 to raise funds. The local Girl Scout councils can set a sales goal of, let’s say, 100 boxes per Girl Scout. Girls who participate are able to earn prizes for their efforts. In addition, there are unit incentives in case the unit as a whole does well.
- Up to 28 Girl Scout cookies varieties are offered. These same cookies can be sold by different bakeries under different names, with the choice of bakery getting to determine the name. So far, there hasn’t been any move to standardize names. The national Girl Scout organization gets to review and approve all cookie varieties proposed by the baking companies but requires only three types: Thin Mints, Shortbreads (A-B-C)/Trefoils (L-B-B) and Peanut Butter Sandwiches (A-B-C)/Do-Si-Dos (L-B-B). The other varieties can be changed each year, although a number of popular favorites, such as Peanut Butter Patties (A-B-C)/Tagalongs (L-B-B) and Caramel DeLites (A-B-C)/Samoas (L-B-B), are consistently available. Other flavors you may find include Shortbread, Lemonades, Savannah Smiles, Thanks-A-Lot, Rah-Rah Raisins, Cranberry Citrus Crisps, Trios and Toffee-tastic.
- Since these cookies can’t be purchased online, you have to look for sellers using the Girl Scout Cookie Finder app.
Tips to know:
- Girl Scout cookies are typically sold by weight, not by number or size. The size or number of cookies may vary by variety. Girl Scouts of the USA, the national Girl Scout organization, monitors the cookies weights, which are set by contract.
- As an incentive to sell, the Girl Scouts are, at times,offered prizes, such as trinkets, coupons, stuffed animals, credits toward Girl Scout camp, uniforms or activities. These incentives vary from one Girl Scout council to another. Since the purpose of GSUSA in selling the cookies is to fundraise and also teach the Girl Scouts business as well as skills of fundraising, the cookies are not available for sale in stores or online.
- Purchasing these cookies won’t be tax deductible.
How can I save money?
- The Girl Scout councils determine the price of the box of cookies for their council. The pricing of the Girl Scout Cookies reflects both the current cookie cost as well as the realities of offering activities to Girl Scouts in an eever-changingeconomic environment.
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