The Easiest Way to Increase Your Troop’s Cookie Booth Sales – Accept Credit Cards!

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Having the ability to accept credit card payments at your cookie booth is an easy way to increase sales this cookie season!

Why You Should Accept Credit Card Payments at Your Troop’s Cookie Booth?

  •  The amount of people carrying cash with them is dropping every day. In 2017 U.S. Bank found that 50 percent of survey respondents reported carrying cash less than half of the time.  And that was in 2017! My guess is that number has gone up in the past few years – especially with the younger generation!
  •  People tend to spend more when paying with a credit card.  Simply put, accepting credit cards equals a potentially larger sales.

Does your troop accept credit cards at your cookie booths?  Let us know in the comments below if you’ve seen an increase in sales.

How To Accept Credit Cards this Cookie Season

In order to accept credit card payments at your troop’s cookie booth, you’ll need to have an account set up with a credit card processing company.  Credit card processing has fees associated with it, so keep reading to learn how to avoid fees those and take credit cards for free!

Some councils offer reduced or free processing. Check with your local council to see if they have an agreement set up with a specific company or bank for credit card processing.  In the council I volunteer for,  troops are allowed free credit card processing at specific booths only.  So my troop uses council’s free processing for those booths and then our free credit card processing account with Square for all other cookie booths.

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Take Credit Cards for FREE at Your Troop’s Cookie Booth!

If your Girl Scout council does not offer free credit card processing for your troop’s cookie booths, you’ll need to set up your own account.  The easiest and cheapest way to do this is with Square! When you’re earning about $0.60 on a box of cookies; you’ll want a free account to avoid all the processing fees.

Square has a great referral program that Troop Leaders and Cookie Moms can use to save the troop some money.  When you sign up for a new Square account, you’ll receive $1000 in free credit card processing – that’s about 250 boxes of cookies.  Once your Square account is set up, you’ll have a referral code to share.  Every referral code used, will earn your troop another $1000 in free credit card processing.

It’s always a good idea to check with your local council to confirm they allow the use of third party credit card processing.

4 Simply Steps to Getting Free Credit Card Processing for Your Cookie Sale
  1. Sign up for a Square account using this link.
  2. Find your Square referral link in your Square account settings.
  3. Join the Facebook group Girl Scout Cookie Chat (unofficial).
  4. Once a member of Girl Scout Cookie Chat, look for the Square link share post in the group announcements tab & comment you referral link.

It’s that simply!

Square offers:

  • No Start-up Fees
  • No Monthly Fees
  • No Termination Fees
  • No Hidden Fees
  • FREE Magstrip Reader
  • FREE Direct Deposit

Make Sure You’re Getting FREE Credit Card Processing For Your Troop’s Girl Scout Cookie Booths!

Do not just go to Square’s website and sign up for a new account; you won’t get the free $1000 in credit card processing that way.  You must use a referral link to earn the free processing – like this one If you use my link; my troop will get free credit card processing and your troop too! Win – Win.

If you already have a Square account set up; remember to share your referral link to earn free processing again.  You may want to ask a troop parent to sign up for an account using your referral link.  Or share your referral link with other Girl Scout Cookie Moms to earn even more free credit card processing for your troop’s cookie booths.  In the Facebook group that we help manage, Girl Scout Cookie Chat; there is a post set up to share your referral links in.

Does your troop have any other strategies to save money on credit card processing?  Let us know below and leave us a comment below.


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