Best Money Tips: Make Your Own Girl Scout Cookies

By Linsey Knerl on 2 April 2010 (Updated 17 April 2010) 20 comments

Welcome to Wise Bread's Best Money Tips roundup. Today, we tell you the secrets to making your own Girl Scout Cookies, how to color your hair at home, and who has the most expensive haircuts!

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Make Your Own Girl Scout Cookies — This is actually a few articles in one, but you’d be remiss if you didn’t click on the Thin Mint photo for further instructions. (I’ve died and gone to heaven!) Chow

Overcoming Bumps in the Road — Planning is essential to keeping ahead of the curveballs life can throw at you. This post really lays it out! The Simple Dollar

At-Home Hair Coloring Savings — Listen up! You can get great color at home, for far less than salons. Just be very careful to follow the directions, and check out these tips from Amy! Mom Advice

Top 10 Expensive Haircuts — If coloring at home isn’t your thing, we’ll understand. But avoid following in the footsteps of these perfectly-coiffed people at all costs — you probably can’t afford it! TIME

Setting Up Your Freelance Business — I really enjoyed this informative piece on getting started with making your business official. From filing for a partnership to opening a new account, the list is pretty thorough — and simple! Five Cent Nickel

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Tips for Spotting a Fake Coupon — It never ceases to amaze me how many internet coupons turn out to be fraudulent. Get all the info you need to avoid getting caught using one, and help put a stop to this theft. Coupon Sherpa via Consumerist

Lessons I’ve Learned in 3 Years of Marriage — You don’t have to be together forever to learn the most important lessons in life. If you get anything from this thoughtful post, it’s that marriage takes hard work! Man Vs. Debt.

7 Types of Car Insurance: Which Ones Do You Really Need — Are you familiar with all the ways you could go with your insurance plan? Get the scoop on each before you buy. Money Ning

How to Find the Best Value Cars — Consumer Reports is just one avenue to consider when looking for the best car for the buck. Read all the ways to determine value (not just on the lot), with this simple rundown. Bible Money Matters

Win Free iPads By Sharing Tips — Our friends at LifeScoop is giving away 4 new iPads to people who share their stories via Twitter.  See details at LifeScoop.

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Andrea Karim's picture

I hate Girl Scout cookies. Girl Scouts themselves are cool, and I support them, but goodness me, do I ever hate those cookies. This alone has saved me hundreds of dollars over the course of my life.

I highly recommend learning to loathe things like cookies.

Maggie Wells's picture

my daughter's Daisy scout troop to go on trips! I support buying the real deal.

Margaret Garcia-Couoh

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If you do make your own Girl Scout cookies, I implore you to make a donation to your local Girl Scout Council. Girl Scouting provides so many opportunities to girls and young women, but much of that wouldn't be possible without the money cookie sales provide.

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Defnitely agree that you shouldn't use this as a substitution for supporting your local group.  However, if you find yourself needing a Thin Mint in the off season, or you didn't buy enough to meet your needs, this is a great way to get through until the next order date!

Linsey Knerl

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kara

Dollar General has started selling a knock off cookie, Ive only tasted the "thin mints" (because they are the only flavor they are selling I like) and they taste just like them!!! Only 1.85 a box!

I was a girl scout and I know I should support the local trooops and all but the price of them have just skyrocketed. (But again, what hasnt?)

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kara

darn, the charging station blog has been removed by the author...

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Matt

I love Girl Scout cookies it’s going to save me a fortune! Thanks for all the other great tips and ideas. Definitely making some cookies this weekend!

Thanks again,
Matt

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I never really enjoyed their cookies and simply stopped buying them after the hubbub a few years ago about their "nutritional value".

I suppose you could indeed make your own at home. Just about any cookie can be made at home but does it mean we have to make a donation because we like the cookies?

If anything, they should learn to become creative and bring something new to the marketplace so they can encourage the general public to purchase (therefore increasing their contributions) something.

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Whoa folks, a lot of constructive criticism for the Girl Scouts in the comments over the past day or so. I like Double My Net Worth's suggestion of changing the business model. The Girl Scouts do need to be more creative and why should their signature fundraiser be only about selling cookies? Its time for change and creativity. Also, if the do stay with the cookies, its time to make them better and more gourmet (and how about brownies-yummy). I think many only buy them to help the kids (and not for the taste), but they would sell more if they tasted better.

As a few writers noted previously, these cookie sales help the Girl Scouts raise money. Let's not forget that the Girl Scouts reach a lot of girls, improve their self esteem, provide them role models, and leadership skills.

-ConsumerMiser

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Angela Tyler

Many Girl Scout troops do not have parents that can afford materials, supplies, excursions and activities for their girls. These troops completely depend upon those cookie sales. So, if you want to make their cookies throughout the year, great. But, don't STOP supporting this amazing organization and the millions of girls it helps.

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wildgift

Jeez. It's a freakin fundraiser. You buy the cookies to help the scouts.

If they can't sell cookies, what are going to sell that people want? Marijuana?

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wildgift

@consumermiser - What can they sell that costs under $5, so anyone can "splurge" and buy one? What's also "good for you" unlike the yummy cookies?

Girl Scout toothbrushes
Girl Scout toothpaste
Girl Scout dental floss
Girl Scout light bulbs
Girl Scout pens and pencils
Girl Scout shoelaces
Girl Scout potatoes and onions
Girl Scout oatmeal
Girl Scout toilet paper
Girl Scout socks
Girl Scout earplugs

No. I want Girl Scout cookies.

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Guy G.

Hey,

I can't believe the surprise when I come looking for tips on budgeting and find out how to make gild scout cookies.

Why I say my wife would kill me, is because she is addicted to their mint chocolate cookies, and if either one of us learned how to make them, two bad things would happen.

1. We'd both gain weight.
2. It wouldn't be as much a surprise when the girls come to the door to sell the cookies, and we wouldn't have the big cookie sale to look forward to every year when they're fundraising.

Cheers

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i heart girl scout cookies. i hate being extorted.

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i heart girl scout cookies but hate feeling like it's extortion

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Well, it’s amazing. The miracle has been done. Hat’s off. Well done, as we know that “hard work always pays off”, after a long struggle with sincere effort it’s done.
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Well, it’s amazing. The miracle has been done. Hat’s off. Well done, as we know that “hard work always pays off”, after a long struggle with sincere effort it’s done.
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kiroshimasylvia

I think that you need to check and see, my understanding is that flood insurance is available. One of the problems that the public may encounter is an agent that has not been to flood insurance education to sell it. That might have alot to do with it.. I think he said the other day that 33% of the claims for flood, were not in the flood plain. But, most people will not buy due to paying another premium….
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Really nice and interesting blog for the youth girls because they really look for new fashions and trends. The article provided in this contains valuable information which is really useful. I will definitely share this blog with all of my friends and known ones.