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3/15/11 12:59 P

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We are done!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I turned in the cookie money yesterday and my daughter was actually over $40 so 10 more boxes for Operation Cookie Drop. .

Her total ended at only 600. . Going on vacation those two weeks really hurt her. .

We do booth sales as a team - the troop checks out cookies for those and in the end I tally the total cookies sold. . Divide it by how many times girls sold cookies (so this year it evened out to 25 boxes to each girl for every time she went) and then however many times the girl went she gets that credit. . My daughter did 8 booth sales so she got 200 boxes credit and then she sold 400 on her own. Now we have to figure out what prize she wants and go from there!

Good luck to those of you still going strong! Sell those cookies!

Go Team Golden Phoenix!

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my 2 scouts FINALLY got most of ours delivered. They are supposed to have a booth on Thursday but politics is getting in the way.....HATE that!

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3/15/11 11:06 A

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We're going strong still... Kiddo sold 50 boxes last night at her booth sale and we have another one tonight. Keeping on trying to get to 750, which is her goal for this year. We've got until Sunday, which is the end of our booth sales...

Where are you located GIRLSCOUTPOWER? I've got a black kitten if you want one :) I also have a grey one, and two tabbies.

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Hope it is all still going well for you! Tomorrow is our last day. . My daughter has 6 hours of cookies selling.. YEAH!

And my cookie mom says our troop total is about 300 less than what we did last year. . I had one girl who decided not to sell at booths. . And she only presold 150. . My daughter is about 200 less than what she normally is at but going on vacation right when cookies got here for 2 weeks is what hurt her.

But today - while going door to door. . we found an abandoned kitten. . And hubby told her she could keep him. . Now we have 3 orange kitties. Gah! All I've wanted is a black kitty and now i have 3 ORANGE KITTIES! The fat old Tommy (9); the busted leg Lily (7) - she is worth $1000 and what is worse is we may still have another $1000 to spend on her in 3 years if we have to remove the leg. . We have no idea how she did it but back in Oct she ripped all the ligaments in her right knee forever crippling her leg. . 12 weeks in a cast and then strength building exercises she is using the leg now but she still sits with it behind her). and a new buddy. . Orange kitties. . BAH!

Go Team Golden Phoenix!

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3/8/11 12:41 P

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I've had a ton of emails from friends and friends of friends asking if anyone was selling cookies this year because no one had hit their neighborhoods. It's crazy. We've had really good booth sales so far, but some of the other areas are reporting not nice booth sales.

Hope it picks up. We have 30+ troops selling cookies in our Service Unit, but partway through the booth lottery, they opened the sales area up to the entire Greater Los Angeles area, which is something like 10,000 girls. It's Crazy. Suddenly there weren't any available booth sales anymore. It was really sad.

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Booth sales are really frustrating for us this year. . Two of the six stores in our Service Unit took away their weekday sales and are only letting us on the weekend. . and two other stores made the 6 - 8pm shift only 6 - 7pm. . And our super seller store use to let us sell at all 3 doors (average 150 boxes in 2 hours) is only letting us sell at one. . My troop normally signs up for 35 site sales. . this year we could only get 22. . In a Service Unit with 44 troops selling cookies - things are really competitive this year.

Sounds like some of you are also feeling pangs from site sales. . Hope your door to door sales are making up for it. My daughter and I went on vacation as soon as cookies arrived so she is feeling rather behind in her sales. . But she is going to hit the streets this weekend since she only has one booth sale on Sunday (whereas she normally did 5 or 6 in a weekend).

Her goal is 1000 boxes but she is only going to get to do 9 booth sales so she'll need to do about 700 on her own. . and so far she has only sold 200 on her own. . But again we are a week late due to vacation. I have faith she will make it happen - she always does. And luckily she has no school tomorrow so she can completely catch up all her homework from missing school for vacation so her weekend will be free to sell sell sell (except for league bowling Sat morning and a birthday party Sat afternoon). Since we moved into the country this last fall from our old neighborhood - we will have to take the car, her wagon and as many cookies as I can fit in around it back to the old neighborhood where they are used to her selling.

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Your daughter should be VERY proud of 950. I certainly hope she gets to feeling better soon. The rewards are sure magnificent compared to ours.

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2/27/11 1:59 P

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We had our first few booth sales this weekend and we've sold 300 boxes so far. There are so many troops in our area who do cookies that our shifts are 2 - 3 hours long...

Still, I'm really proud of my girls. Math skills, marketing, fundraising! WOO HOO!

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OMG! I hope she gets to feeling better. Holy cow! 950 boxes is awesome. Too bad you have to buy all the extras. Seems like the council could take things into consideration, but I know how that goes, especially if they have no CEO.

Any way, best wishes to you and your family.

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My daughter has been very sick. Her heart rate is way up (she has tachycardia & VSD). She sold in the rain, which was a bad idea. Then we had more rain. She is still weak & not sleeping due to pain. She sold about 950 on her own. Last year when she sold 2,000 she was healthier. Doctor said her condition will worsen when she becomes a teen. She'll be 12 in April. They said it's hypermobility syndrome & Fibromyalgia. In otherwords, thery have no significant data nor a clue.
As a Juliette, we have to pay for all cookies ourselves. We decided to not have her sell the rest & pay for them. We will sell them on eBay or Cheapcycle after the sale is completely over.
She will get to go to Disneyland in May. We have to request a bus with a wheelchair lift. After last year, we know exactly what to do. The council does NOT offer an accessible bus, you have to request them within a certain window of time.

Now she decided to go to Catalina Island Camp after all. That is in August. We have no council CEO now, so we are hoping it will be more disability friendly. My daughter will not participate in water activities, but will bring her art materials & do painting while she is there. We will haggle with the council to allow her to bring these.

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2/17/11 12:17 P

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We do ours electronically, basically it's first come, first serve, and they let you log on at like, 6:30 pm and get two booths, then three booths the next round, then three booths the next round, then they just OPEN it.

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We start cookie booths this weekend and we got SEVEN booths (most at Walmarts). Last year on opening weekend we got ONE booth - at a low volume Kroger. It's a draw system, but I do wish they would even it out a bit more. I am hoping to hit the booth sales hard the first couple weekends, make goal and get out of the cookie business.

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I've got a Cadette who's goal is 750 boxes... We pick up our cookies on the 19th. WHEEEEE! Or something. She's already sold 210 boxes, so I'm hoping she can make her goal this year....

I am not buying any, however.

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Thats great for pre-orders! I know your daughter will make her goal! If my daughter sells $1,000 she will get a $400 cookie card that can go towards camp. I'm amazed your council doesn't offer that.
My daughter IS so blessed to earn nice incentives. She does not want to go to beach camp earned by selling 1250 cookies, as it is not wheelchair friendly and most activities are for active walking girls. If they have a new camp director, perhaps we could talk with her about activities my daughter could do evreyday and have her talk to my daughter about it.
Good news! She sold 710 boxes since Jan29. 750 and she will go to Disneyland! At least that's VERY wheelchair friendly.

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Our cookies come in next Saturday. We ordered 750 boxes, and since she has kept selling since order time, she is up to 608 - on her way to 1000. Wow, I am shocked you have to pay ahead of time in some places to get more cookies. In our troop we order extras for cookie booths and for the girls extra sales. The girls don't owe anything until the end of the sale. I am also really jealous about those nice prizes. When i was a GS I always sold enough to earn my way to camp. That is not even offered in my council. I really don't understand that as it would seem like a very cheap cost to the council compared to buy prizes. Our prizes this year don't seem as nice, and they always gear them to the younger girls unless you get up to 1000.

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I totally hear you with the earning stuff we'd never be able to afford. I placed my youngest daughters order today for 330 boxes which is 1 cookie booth away from a $30 Cookie Dough Card which is $90 towards camp! I'm so excited.

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I would be bummed too about that. Hope your daughter can sell alot. My daughter went to one apartment complex that was only 1 story high and wheelchair accessible. She sold 22 boxes in about 20 minutes. She said the old ladies really love their cookies, lol.
She sold 56 boxes yesterday morning at one place that was holdiong a business class. Today she is selling at church and in another town door to door with my older daughter & grandson. Her total for week 1 is 579 boxes. She might stop at 750, but if she sells 1,000 she will have $400 on her cookie to spend at the council store. Her clothes are almost all used from freecycle. The few new clothes she owns are from the council store. She earned her own money(cookie card) to buy them.
We sell cookies for new clothes & trips we could never afford. Bet that was not the motive years ago. Just think of the things that Girl Scouts has to do now to get girls involved!

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I am kind of bummed about cookie booths this year that are available to us. Usually we do booths on Friday nights, Saturday, and Sunday afternoon. There were only one or two booths available for Sundays. The advantage is that my daughter will still have time to relax on the weekend. Plus since we have unlimited access to the store next door to our apartments, she and a friend will be taking a wagon full of cookies over in the early evening to sell cookies (with moms along, of course).

I'm glad to hear everyone's cookie sales seem to be going so well!!! Keep up the hard work. :)

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Congrats!!! We will be totaling all of our take orders this weekend to hand in on Monday. Then we start cookie booths. So far we only have 2 scheduled though.... :-(

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We are still selling cookies, and doing ok now with the death of our beautiful cat. It is day 5 into our cookie sale. My daughter has sold 317 boxes so far. Tomorrow she will be selling to 50 Pimerica students, and on Saturday to 100 Primerica associates.
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Wow! It definitely sounds like an eventful few days. I know about being down a car... the transmission went out on my hubby's Jimmy awhile back. We have been working with one car since. I am thankful to live next door to Fred's in case I need something during the day. Or i can throw my 2-yr old in his stroller and walk 1.5 to the grocery store if it's nice.

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Thanks Jamie!!
We had a rough few days. Had our van fixed friday at an autoelectric shop owned by husband's nice cousin. Then next day we were hit in rear of car. Next day daughter's cat escaped and was killed by our car pulling out of driveway. Today we held a funeral for him. Went out to sell Girl Scout cookies. I went for 2 long walks while daughter & dad went to sell cookies to get my fitness points in. Then our van would not start. The entire electrical went out. We ended up walking all over and then home. I must have walked at least a couple miles. I'm sore all over, lol, should sleep like rock. Enterprise Rent-a-Car is now coming to pick us up for a rental. Boy do I appreciate a car.
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@OWENS2U - I hate that you were set a limit as to how many you can have out without prepaying. Our troop did pre-sale orders, in which we have until 10 days after our delivery date on the 10th to turn in 50% of what is owed. The remaining balance is due no later than the last day of sales.

In addition, each of our girls is able to "check out" 3 cases of assorted varieties for additional sales. After 5 days the girls must "check in" the money and/or remaining unsold cookies from those 3 cases. At that time they can start the 5 day period over if desired. Maybe this is something your troop could consider if parents are unable to pay for cookies up front. Good luck to your daughter - I hope she meets her goal!!!

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Yes it will be easier. If my daughter does make her goal, she will definately feel proud that she overcame obstacles.

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Certainly doesn't seem fair. But it will be better next year when you have the troop up & going, right??

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Our 1st 2 days of cookies sales have been challenging so far. Since my daughter is a Juliette, she was last appt to pick up cookies. When she went to sell at her usual downtown wheelchair accessible businesses, a girl scout walking with a wagon already sold there.
My daughter was in tears. So we took her to small little shopping corner across town and sold there. That lifted her spirits. Yesterday she was out in the rain selling. She is now determined to go out selling until 8pm, if need be, with her dad, to get her sales.
We were alloted 500 boxes, and if we need anymore boxes we have to pre-pay for them.

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Yikes that is a delima! I'm thankful my daughter sold alot last year and worked very hard. Now she know what to expect.
When someone exclaims that they are on a diet, my daughter will either convince people to donate to iCare or separate portions of the cookies & freeze to control over eating.
I feel for you sneaking. During Fall products sale I kept getting into the Cranberry Nut Mix, lol.

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Hi, I live in Northern Indiana and we began our sales a week ago today. What I'm finding is that most people are still on the "we're losing weight" kick from their New Years Resolution. Sales are down but hopefully as the sale contiues my girls will do better. I have one that wants all the glory and to put in no time and one that wants more sales but has no one to sale to. WHAT A DELIMA!!! Plus I am having a REALLY hard time keeping over a thousand boxes in my house and not sneaking a box or two.

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Hi Jamie,
Welcome! Take her out daily to reach that goal!!!!
Daisies sell good my daughter says, lol.

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Hi! I am new to the group and a co-leader for a troop in Robertsdale, Alabama. We are in cookie season as well. Our presale orders were actually due tonight and our cookies will be in on the 10th. My Daisy's goal is 1000 boxes, which will earn her a full ride to camp. This will be her first year to go and she is super excited!

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I am thinking the trick is what kind of fabric would hold up the shape. I have no idea actually.
As for lettering I would locate an outline font online, then open Microsoft word. I'd print it in different sizes until I figure out the best size for the costume. After that i would print out the letters, cut them out and use as templates on fabric. Trace on babric & cut out.

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Wow - thanks, that does give me some ideas. Don't know how I would make "words" very well. But could do faces. I was thinking about fuzzy dark brown material for a thin mint. I would really like to make a lemonade, as that is my daughter's favorite cookie (she is deathly allergic to chocolate) but I am not sure that is the best one, as that isn't a permanant cookie. A shortbread would be the classic but I think it would be hard to make it look like a cookie.

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I've never seen them so I searched online. Hope to give you ideas, here are the images I found:

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Thanks for the great ideas. I am toying with trying to make a cookie costume. Our council has a few (years ago Little Brownie sold them and when our council got absorbed by the big council the cookie costumes went along), but with so many girls selling - they are hard to get. Believe it or not, my senior level scouts love to wear them and they really attract sales at the booths. I am just worried that it will look like a big round circle, not a cookie. Any sewing ideas?

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Congrats to your daughter for 1st place, thats wonderful!
Keep going on those cookie sales!!!!
Here are some of the Cookie Selling ideas I've collected:

•a library
•community center
•a mall
•a bank on Friday
•Call or email relatives and friends in other states
•Call local organizations. They, too, may want to buy cookies in bulk. Some ideas are senior centers/groups (or nursing homes), Boy Scouts (they'll never admit it, but they're jealous of Girl Scout cookies), church groups, homeless shelters/food kitchens... the possibilities are endless.
•Your local Girl Scout office may sell posters, car window flags, signs for your yard, and even costumes. These are great for booth sales, and signs on your car and in your yard will definitely get the message out. Have a cookie sheet with you at all times - you never know when someone will walk up and ask for some.
•Beauty salons (on a Saturday afternoon)
•Flower shops (suggest a special Valentine’s Day promotion)
•Hotels (suggest purchasing boxes of cookies to be given to guests)


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Well congrats on the first place! Good luck with the rest of cookie sales. I hope she makes it.

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What a bummer weekend for sales. On Sat. my daughter had an all day Latin tournament (which she DID win a first place in - had to brag), Sunday they forgot to announce the cookie table at church, and then it rained all afternoon. Things like that really hurt sales. She is at 350, which I know sounds like a lot - but it's a long way from 1000.

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I'm so happy to see how great your girls sold cookies!

I really, really wish we could send a deserving child to Catalina Island in place of my daughter. It was too much for her heart last year. She cannot go this year.
I'd like to make an appointment with the CEO of our council and see how we can offer something to someone else since she cannot attend.
I read my Sparkpeople blog I did last year at cookie sale time. Her goal was 2,000 and to attend disability camp. She attend 2 years in a row and paid for it with her cookie card. She absolutely loved it! This year, they discontinued offering disability camp. Now she isn't happy with Girl Scouts. I am reminding her of all the good things about scouting, that helps.

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Oh, I forgot to comment on that new way of selling. Really that doesn't make sense to me. If your sales are down, are you stuck with the cookies you ordered? I did hear someone say last year, that their council didn't do orders anymore. You just started selling once the cookies arrived. That does make some sense to me, as then you don't have to make two trips for each sale. Well, as least two. Often we have to go several times to catch the people at home. I'd rather just load up her red wagon with cookies and start selling. Have thought about donig that now, but figured people would have already ordered if we just waited until mid-Feb. when the cookies come in.

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our district is trying something similar to those except they are promoting a "Mystery Trip" for top sellers. We have the iPad/Laptop for over 2000 also. I'll be happy with the triple value of the cookie dough card towards camp myself!!!

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Wow - I can't believe those incentives. My daughter would be out there for 2000 if she had those prizes. She got an ipod last year for 1000 - we were thrilled as that is the nicest prize they had ever given. It was green and had "Girl Scouts" engraved on the back. I honestly don't know how we would ever get that many. We usually walk all day those 3 weekends of selling to get to 600, order 200 extra for repeat sales, and do the last 200 at cookie booths. I walked all day Sat., but had promised my daughter her favorite restaurant if she met her daily goal . . . of course she did so it was Italian. With all the walking at least I didn't gain.

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That's awesome. Our prize for 700 boxes is a fleece blanket. There is no incentive in our cookie prizes.

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Cookie selling is a great way to lose weight for me. Last year my daughter sold over 2,000 boxes. Having the cookies ahead of time was so much easier for us. She has a heart defect & joint disease, so she has to use a wheelchair to sell. Thankfully that's the way she last for hours to sell. She placers them orderly in a clear plastic storage box. The customers are impressed with the display, s they can view all the varieties in her lap.
Our council has the most wonderful incentives. We live in the Inland Empire of Southern California. Girls who sell 750 boxes earn an over night trip at Disneyland. Girls who sell 1,250 boxes earn an over night trip at Disneyland and a weekend camping trip at Catalina Island (kayaking, swimming, sailing, fencing & more. Girls who sell 2,000 boxes or more earn an over night trip at Disneyland and a weekend camping trip at Catalina Island and an iPad.
My daughter earned a laptop last year.
This has been successful. Last year, approximately 900 girls sold 750 boxes, 100 girls sold 1,250 and 27 sold over 2,000.
You might want to inform your council of this great incentive. Perhaps it might spark more sales everywhere!

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We don't have to pay for them until after the sales are done which is good.

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We haven't changed that drasticly. Our council changed to having to order whole cases. That won't be good if I'm stuck with all the left over cookies.

I don't know how I'd feel about that. Do you have to pay for them up front?

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We start selling the beginning of Feb, but have to have our orders in by Monday.
Our council is trying something new to us this year. Instead of going out and getting orders for 3 weekends then delivering cookies a month later we are ordering cookies now (using last years numbers) and then going out to sell.
I have been in this council my whole life (20+ yrs as a scout/leader) and this is the 1st time we are doing this so I am very curious to see how it will go.
Has anyone else gone to the model of ordering then selling?

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We start today. My daughter won't sell them. Last year I didn't sell them, because I was the one selling. This year she is going to do her gold award. In order to do any fundraisers you have to participate in at least one council fundraiser. So I'm selling cookies again. I won't go crazy for sure, but it will help with her gold award.

Good luck to your daughters! I hope they make their goals. I sure would hate to deliver 1000 boxes of cookies. I wouldn't mind door to door if we didn't sell in January and deliver in March. It's darned cold.

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we start on the 15th. I'm setting a goal of AT LEAST 200 boxes for my Brownie. My goal is to get her a Cookie Dough card which council has said they will triple the value if its used towards summer camp...and that would be a HUGE help!!!

My Cadette is in limbo. She's going independent and is traveling this summer so....I'm hoping she'll help her little sister!!!

Sunday sounds like a HUGE opportunity to me!!! All kinds of friends and family coming to HER! Have her take her order form with her to the harp performance & birthday party!!!

Good luck on reaching the goal!!!

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For us in Texas at least - 9 a.m. Saturday morning. Of course it's supposed to rain . . . that won't stop my daughter (and yuck, that means me). I had hoped to get back into my Sat. morning Zumba class, but that won't happen. Of course, walking from 9 to 5 will surely help. Again, her goal is 1000 boxes. I am afraid that she will have trouble, as this sunday she has a harp performance and family birthday party, and the following Sat. is an all day Latin tourney. We usualy keep all cookie selling weekends completely free. How about you guys? Anyone else in cookie time, and if so, what are your girl's goals?

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