My DH and I are going to visit my son in St. Charles, Missouri this weekend for his birthday (He goes to school at Lindenwood Unniversity on a football scholarship and we will be there from friday to monday). I got a wonderful deal on a hotel room and have been able to budget enough funds for gas and to take our son out for a nice dinner for his birthday with maybe a little extra for shopping (I am the only one working, my Dh is fighting for his VA disability). I really do not want to pay a fortune for going out to dinner the other two nights and I am not a fastfood fan, so I am taking my crockpot and some groceries (enough for two dinners). My son is thrilled because he'll get a homecooked type of meal. The hotel we are staying at has kitchenettes but the price jumped extensively to stay in one of those rooms, so I am sneaking in the crockpot. My mother says I am being cheap and I should just suck it up and go out to eat. Sooo I thought I'd get everyones opinions...what do you think, am I being cheap or frugal?