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Karen Wright and her daughters

Stops: Dilly Diner, Guthrie Green, Eton Square, Ida Red, Flo’s Burger Diner

$91.80 Challenger
$91.80 Challenger
August 29, 2017

The Mission: So providing an envelope of cash and telling people to spend it in 48 hours isn’t exactly a challenge, but it makes this assignment sound a lot more interesting. Spend $91.80 (we used the local area code for the amount) in two days. And if they could find fun and free activities ... bonus. The only catch was that they had to spend it at places, events or shops profiled in the August issue of Preview.

The Team: Karen Wright and her daughters (Lexie, Hannah and Audrey)

As summer comes to a close, I was ecstatic for the opportunity to take advantage of the $91.80 challenge. I let each of my daughters choose something, with the additional challenge to choose something we haven’t done before. What a fun-filled day full of lots of fabulous food, laughter, enjoyment, and memories.

Stop #1: My middle daughter chose Dilly Diner, because I love a good breakfast and have heard a lot of great things about it. As we got out of the car, we could smell the delicious food. They have very good service, and we got our food pretty quick. Two of us shared the Two Egg Breakfast. It included two eggs, bacon, biscuit, gravy, and potatoes. The other two shared the breakfast tacos and potatoes. We all gave the food an A+. We were in and out in 45 minutes. Quick service and great food.
Cost: $26.95

Stop #2: My choice was Guthrie Green. It was food truck Wednesday, and although we were full from Dilly Diner, it was a nice day and I thought it would be fun to hang out and look around. After walking around, the girls decided they wanted to try the mini doughnuts food truck. The girls chose the cinnamon sugar and s’mores doughnuts. They were awesome. The girls amused me and took pictures around the beautiful landscaping. We sat around in the peaceful park, Snapchatting pictures and hanging out. The weather was pleasant, and there were shady areas that made the hanging out time enjoyable. I even ran into a childhood friend visiting from Estonia.
Cost: $11

Stop #3: My two youngest chose a movie at Eton Square. It’s been a long time since I’ve been there. It brought back high school memories. It was cool, good prices, clean, and the girls enjoyed watching The Emoji Movie.
Cost: $18

Stop #4: My youngest daughter chose Ida Red for the chocolate milkshake that was pictured in Preview. The girls enjoyed looking around at cute jewelry, humorous gifts, and local shirts and decorations. We shared a chocolate milkshake, and Hannah, my lover of ice cream, got a mint chocolate chip waffle cone.
Cost: $8.68

Stop #5: Lexie chose Flo’s Burger Diner in Catoosa because she likes to eat burgers, and the picture in the magazine looked amazing. The burgers were great and the serving size was perfect. Lexie and I shared a meal, and Hannah and Audrey shared one too. We also tried the fried pickles, which were super tasty as well. The service was efficient, and they were all very nice.
Cost: $24.07

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