Giveaway: Savvy Squirrel offers savings

One of my favorite ways to find cool, indie restaurants and stores with sustainable values is to pick up eco-coupon books. Every major city in Cascadia offers such a book – Portland’s Chinook Book, Seattle’s Chinook Book and Vancouver’s Green Zebra.

But the one with the cutest name? Victoria, BC’s Savvy Squirrel.

Each of these books offer great savings to local attractions, shops, restaurants services and restaurants. It’ll pay for itself in one weekend trip.

Savvy Squirrel’s book is primarily focused on family-friendly shops and restaurants in Victoria.

“We love a local bargain,” says Lale Minielly, who started the Savvy Squirrel with fellow mom Tabitha Rutherford. “As new moms we realized the constant cost of raising a child. We understand the new challenges of shopping locally rather than going to the big box stores and thought offering local coupons collected into a book was a great solution.”

Using Savvy Squirrel, families can save $5 at a fantastic children’s bookstore (Tall Tales Books), save 20% at Victoria’s super-sustainable family shop (Mothering Touch) and get a free second entrée at Victoria’s playroom-equipped café (Crumsby’s Cupcake Café).

Seattle’s Chinook Book offers coupons to the Seattle Aquarium (save $2 on admission for up to four people) and Hanna Andersson, among other museums, shops and restaurants. Portland’s Chinook Book provides savings at OMSI, the Oregon Zoo and the always-fun Finnegan’s Toys.

These eco-guides are a great way to discover local family-friendly shopping, dining and activity secrets, travel more sustainably, save money and support local economies.

Want a free Savvy Squirrel? Leave a comment below or tweet this article on Twitter with hashtag #savvysquirrel.

About Lora

Lora Shinn writes about travel for regional and local publications, including AAA Journey, National Geographic Traveler,, Natural Health and Whole Living.


  1. I love anything having to do with squirrels;) Except for the fleas and the mange……
    .-= Kelley´s last blog ..Amanda Follows in the Footsteps of her Parents: Soccer! =-.

  2. I can vouch for the fact that this coupon book is 100% free of fleas and mange. It doesn’t bite. It also offers you considerably more savings than a squirrel you’d find in the park.

  3. That squirrel is so cute, I want to cuddle it!

  4. I bet the chinook book would sell more copies if it had such a cute name. The Cheap Chipmunk?

  5. Ruth Rideout says:

    Great job Lale and Tabitha.

  6. Isabel Harlow says:

    Lots of bargins at Savvey Squirred! Don’t miss out! Order before they’re all gone…

  7. Great job Lale and Tabitha.

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  8. Our winner was RR. Congratulations, RR.

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