Book an apartment or home
Rentals are mostly cheaper than hotels. You either go out for dinner, or cook your own meals. There are supermarkets and a few restaurants in Brienz.
Interhome offers thousands of holiday homes and apartments across Switzerland. They offer discounts on both early and last minute bookings. That makes the Interhome website a good place to start your search:
https://www.interhome.com/switzerland/: all holiday homes
https://www.interhome.com/switzerland/early-booking-discount/: find the discounts for early bookings
https://www.interhome.com/switzerland/last-minute/: find the last minute offers