The alternative is to stay at a place with wi-fi, but the cheap motels usually do not have that.
Pants don't seem to last very many years. Lately, I've not been particularly motivated to patch the pants that have gotten torn up. (although I hear distressed jeans have become trendy) So there is now a large pile of pants in the backroom waiting to be repaired. Because of that, I also needed to buy new ones. Oh bother. So this evening, I went to the Target store to get some pants. I tried on a pair of 44x30, the size I usually get. In the fitting room, I noticed that I could bunch up quite a bit of waistline in the front. Hmm... is that more than 2 inches of bunching? So I tried a pair of 42x30 and those fit! The nice part about that is size 42 is where the price breakpoint is, so here's where I start paying a little less for clothing.