ooh, the joys of living on a student budget.
it forces you to start getting creative and maximize the most out of what you've got. you start focusing on what you really need and cut out any excesses.
being frugal is not all bad however, and does come with a small handful of benefits. really! LOL
for example, i'm walking instead of taking the bus and appreciating the health benefits of it (as well as doing my part in reducing my carbon footprint). since you're slowed down quite a bit (as opposed to taking the bus), you start to appreciate distances and notice things in detail.
and of course, i've cooking more frequently at home, which means saving money on processed junk and incorporating fresher foods and nutrients into my diet. in the process of exploring different cuisines, you also undoubtedly get exposed to a whole new variety of fruits, veggies, spices and meats.
such as the artichoke (artichaut).