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Photo: DANIEL LEAL (Getty Images) Groceries can be expensive, even if you’re not buying anything fancy. So when a redditor asked how to make $50 in grocery money last the week , the community came through with tons of cheap (and often healthy!) meal ideas. Before we get into the grocery-shopping specifics, an important note: If you’re having trouble affording food, that’s what food banks and food pantries are for . Many people who qualify to use one don’t realize it. You don’t need to be unemployed or on SNAP benefits; you just have to meet the eligibility requirements for your local pantry, which are often quite accepting. If you don’t know how you’re going to make it through the week on the food budget you have, food pantries are for you. Here are some grocery options that provide the most nutrition for the least money. Rice (and beans) Grains are an affordable staple, and rice is one of the cheapest to buy and easiest to prepare. (Compare it to, say, wheat, which is usually made into flour, bread, or pasta before it gets to grocery store shelves.) With rice you can make a variety of dirt-cheap dishes: Rice and beans (with or without extra meat and veggies; top with salsa or hot sauce) Fried rice (with eggs, veggies, or other add-ins) Rice with stir-fried anything A rice bowl: Combine a scoop of cooked rice with an assortment of whatever leftovers or salad fixins you have in the fridge. […]