Girl Scout Cookie Prices Are Ratcheting Up

Published On 11/05/2015 Published On 11/05/2015

Those damn Girl Scouts look innocent, but next thing you know, you're spending every dollar in your wallet on their delicious cookies. And it's only going to get worse, as the price of a box of Samoas or Thin Mints is hiking up to $5 now in select states. 

OK, so that's not that bad, considering it's just a $1 increase from the standard $4 a pop they've been running for years. It just means the girls won't give you change back when you hand them a crisp $5 bill for your Tagalongs. The price change has already taken effect in some elite areas of California and Hawaii, but just recently even more Girl Scout councils based in California and Massachusetts have voted to raise their prices. The hikes will make all of California a $5 cookie state, while eastern Massachusetts will initiate the price increase as well. 

For some background, the Girl Scout organization comprises more than a hundred councils, each setting its own prices in accordance with the financial situation of the region. Elizabeth Locke-Thomas, an executive vice president of a Californian council, explained to CNBC that the $4 price tag was no longer working for them as distribution, infrastructure, and programing costs are on the rise. 

It makes sense, but still, nobody wants to pay more for cookies. But now, you can be like your cranky old grandpa and say, "Back in my day, we could buy Samoas for less than a Taco Bell $5 Buck Box." Though it's weird that your grandpa talks about Taco Bell so much. 

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Kara King is a News Writer at Thrillist and frozen Thin Mints are the best. Send news tips to and follow her at @karatillie.



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