The mission is one that any tightwad would be hungry to embrace: Here’s $20. Go out to eat as many times as you can. And see how far you can stretch that $20.
Challenge accepted, but there needed to be some ground rules:
1. Meals must be purchased at restaurants or fast food outlets. Going to supermarkets and stocking up on groceries is forbidden. Otherwise, someone who accepted the mission could eat $20 worth of peanut butter sandwiches to infinity and beyond.
2. No meal can cost more than $3. Sure, there are great $5 burger specials around town, but a $5 burger also would chew up 25% of the budget. We’ll “splurge” another day.
3. Taxes and tips don’t count against the $20 limit. Some people tip at Sonic (even at the drive-through window) and some don’t. Rather than get caught up in some sort of debate about that, let’s stick to the mission and menu prices only.
How many meals can a person get for $20? With resourcefulness and coupon/email/app deals, you might be surprised.
First stop: QT grilled cheese
Second stop: McAlister’s Deli kids meal
Third stop: Braum’s hotcakes and sausage
Fourth stop: Panera bread salad
Fifth stop: Sonic corn dogs
Sixth stop: Pig N Out kids burger
Seventh stop: QT personal pizza
Eighth stop: El Maguey’s enchiladas
Ninth stop: Sonic hot dogs
Last stop: KFC chicken-fried steak
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