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.

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Lora Shinn writes about family travel, Pacific NW travel, grown-up travel...and travel in general. Her travel-related articles and essays have appeared in Family Fun, Parenting, AFAR, National Geographic Traveler, AAA magazines and Redbook, among others.