Economy Takes Bite Out of Girl Scout Cookies

Higher costs force Scouts to shrink cookies, boxes to keep prices steady
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 4, 2009 2:40 AM CST
Tight household budgets and the peanut butter scare are hurting this year's sales of Girl Scout cookies.   (©timothy b. buckwalter)
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(Newser) – The stingy economy has forced the Girl Scouts to downsize their boxes of cookies, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports. Soaring prices of flour, oil and cocoa have forced them to sell smaller Samoas and thinner boxes of Thin Mints to avoid hiking prices. Shrunken household budgets are expected to hurt this year's cookie sales. But the Scouts are trying to make the economy work for them by urging consumers to buy extra boxes to donate to food banks.