'Savvy' Canadian Shoppers Spend Big In Spokane

SPOKANE - A girls weekend for a group of Canadians translates to big bucks for Spokane.

The group of 40 women call themselves the Savvy Shopping Bags and make the once a year journey from Alberta to the Inland Northwest to cash in on bargains.

"It's just fun to get away from phones and all your responsibilities," said Liz Greening, organizer of the Savvy Shopping Bags.

Greening is a dairy farmer from a small town outside of Edmonton, Alberta but she has the fashion flare of a big city girl.

Greening admits to owning 135 pairs of shoes. On Thursday, she was shopping for more footwear at Burlington Coat Factory in north Spokane.

"Everything I get is usually heels, not very practical," said Greening.

Greening began organizing the shopping trips about five years ago to give Canadian women more shopping options and access to better prices.

"We save up all year and we come once a year and just have fun," said fellow Savvy Shopping Bag member Lorraine Dykes.

Greening estimates the group will spend about $40,000 dollars during the three day shopping extravaganza.

The group also gives back to the community during their stay.

During Thursday's outing the women each donated a coat to ABC's Warm Coats & Warm Hearts drive. In the past they've donated turkeys to the 2nd Harvest Food Bank.