Travel confession: We take the coffee & tea packets from the hotel room when we leave to drink at the next location. Very auntie, I know.
In fact, today's breakfast menu is: a loaf of bread from the grocery store, mini packets of butter & jam from the previous hotel's breakfast, coffee from coffee maker in the room (supplemented with coffee packets from the last hotel), and leftover pizza from last night's dinner.
Besides the saving money part, it is actually fun. It feels like a little picnic in the room.
This comes from the training I received from my mom and dad when we traveled as a family. We were blessed to get annual free travel because my late father worked in an airline, but because we were not a rich family, and because the US dollar then was THREE Singapore dollars, we had to be frugal in our ways. Children of airline parents will understand this.
So mom packed coffee powder, instant noodles, and even her own belacan. In fact, mom even used to pack a gas camping stove (which was later upgraded to a safer Sanyo travel electric hot plate) to whip up entire four-course meals with rice in the hotels and motels we stayed in, for our family of five, with groceries from that country's supermarkets (and oyster sauce from home).
And their kids (we three sons) were not allowed to ask for popcorn in Disneyland, Anaheim, USA, because it cost a small fortune in Singapore dollars. In fact, lunch for us in Disneyland back in the Eighties was the Tupperware-packed fried rice she cooked in the hotel kitchenette.
The wife and I aren't as hardcore but we still have our frugal ways.
Like taking the extra plastic fork and knife from our dinner outside to be used for our next in-room meal.
You do become your mother and father as you get older. Only in their time, they didn't need to find a way to share wifi Internet too.