Girl Scout Rejection Strategies
Written by Michele Vieux

Rejection is a part of life and at this time of year, it is especially important for everyone to embrace. It is important for you, as the consumer with a body composition goal, to learn to comfortably reject the temptation to purchase and eat Girl Scout cookies so you don’t blow your diet (and your pocket book now that the price is over $5 per box).

And, it is important to teach the girls selling the cookies that being young and cute doesn’t mean you get everything you want. Rejection happens in life and the sooner you learn to manage the subsequent feelings and not let other’s opinion of you mold who you are, the sooner you will be happy. So we are really doing the girls in green a huge favor by teaching them a life lesson at such a tender age. As you can probably tell, I am not a parent.

How to Avoid Buying Girl Scout Cookies

If you are uncomfortable with saying no or have been unsuccessful passing on the cookie stand in the past, here are some easy strategies to politely reject young, cookie pushers outside the grocery store. Pro Tip: These strategies can also be used with petitioners and others who tend to gather outside of stores!

Use a Blocker

In this maneuver, you simply just time your exit with that of another customer and keep that sacrificial lamb between you and the Girl Scouts. They will get stopped and you will not. Crisis averted.

Impart the “Hands Full” Maneuver

This means you ditch your cart or basket at the door and farmer carry as many bags as possible (AMBAP) to your car. This really only works if you can make it in one trip but gives you the benefit of saying, “Sorry, my hands are full” while you walk past. You are also giving yourself the gift of the array of benefits that farmer carries bring.

How NOT to Overeat Girl Scout Cookies

If you just don’t have the heart to reject the baby seal eyes of the young girls dressed in green and/or you genuinely would like to support their cause without sabotaging your own, here’s a couple of other options that don’t involve shutting them down.

Do it for the Troops

This move is where you buy the cookies but not for yourself. Instead, you get to have your favorite flavor sent to our troops overseas creating a win-win-win situation – the Girl Scout makes the sale, the troops are supported with goodies from home, and you don’t pack on the pounds you would have from eating them yourself.

Donate Online

This final maneuver allows you to support the great cause that is the Girl Scouts without feeling guilty about sending junk food to our troops. Go to and donate there!

If you do choose to purchase the cookies for yourself, I’d highly recommend sharing the box with multiple friends. We all know how addictive those things can be and how a box can literally disappear in a matter of minutes if you are not careful.

If you are unaware of the problems with processed foods, check out this haiku on the topic. Do you have any avoidance strategies you use during cookie season or in other tricky situations? Please share your ideas in the comments.

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Lace Face
Lace Face
November 15, 2023 11:16 am

M’s this is so LEGIT! Love this! Always delivering the hits and pro tips!

September 15, 2022 2:08 pm

Donate to their troop directly instead. They only get 1 dollar out of every 5 dollars spent on cookies. If you donate directly, its zero calories, and every penny goes to the local troop!

June 21, 2022 6:40 am

I’ll just say no. They need to learn that rejection is part of life.

January 30, 2020 4:04 pm

Love these strategies, Michele! I will definitely recruit blockers next time I need to avoid a petitioner. However, for the girls scout cookies, I am trying to gain weight. So one box a day in February for me.

Katherine Stojkovic
Katherine Stojkovic
March 2, 2016 10:18 am

I just buy a box or 2 and just let them keep mine and sell them again. ?

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