Because I'm a "bargain biddy", I hate to pay more for a motel room than necessary.
It's no use Internet-shopping for the kind of motels we are looking for, because they're not there.
It was easy to find a cheap place to stay in Colorado Springs, because there are lots of older, individually-owned places from which to choose. One of the worst things about these cheaper places is that they don't have coffee pots in their rooms, and most of them don't have coffee or breakfast in the morning.
We have our own cereal, fruit and milk for breakfast; but Cliff and I don't do well without our morning coffee.
At our first place, in Kansas, there was a convenience store nearby, which solved the caffeine dilemma. Our second night, in Colorado Springs, I told the proprietor we'd keep looking until we found a motel with coffee in the rooms, and he loaned us a coffeepot. Our third night was spent in Salida, and that was actually in a nice Econolodge, with Internet and all, for under $60. Because Salida isn't really a tourist-trap sort of town yet, competition keeps motel prices reasonable.
The fourth night was spent in a tent in a campground at the south rim of the Black Canyon of the Gunnison. We brought a camp coffeepot on this trip, and borrowed our daughter's Coleman stove, so we were set there.
Last night we found this gem of a place. It's obviously past its prime, but it's clean, and it smells nice. AND it has Internet. The one drawback? No coffee in the room, and no coffee available in the breakfast room until 7:30. How are we coping?
We brought the Coleman stove inside, and the coffeepot, and are doing just great, thank you very much! The old gold miners in this area should have had it so good. Our addictions must be maintained, and where there's a will, there's a way.