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This week: personal loans vs. credit cards, how to eat on the road with only $25 a day, 40-plus ideas to make extra money, 19 lottery winners who blew it all, and how to balance living in the now with saving money for the future.

1. Personal Loans vs. Credit Cards

[Money Under 30] This article explains the differences between signature loans and credit cards, as well as offering advice on when to use each. Bottom line? “If your expense is small enough that you can repay it within a year, a credit card offering a 0% introductory APR on purchases is obviously better ….” Otherwise, a personal loan may come with better terms, without the potentially expensive temptations of credit cards.

2. How to Eat Smart on Business Trips

[Money Ning] This post is interesting because author AJ Pettersen is apparently a minor league baseball player who spends half his time on the road with a $25-a-day food allowance. After paying for dinners, he’s left with only $10 for breakfast and lunch! His tips include an in-room refrigerator and a microwave, saving food from continental breakfasts, and taking home leftovers.

3. 40+ Passive Income Ideas and Ways to Make Extra Money

[Moolanomy] If you like lots of options, this is your article. Author Pinyo Bhulipongsanon includes everything from dividend-paying stocks to bulk candy vending machines. He even lists 20 articles on other websites for more ideas, although Money Talks News was conspicuous by its absence.    

4. 19 Lottery Winners Who Blew It All

[Pop Sugar] Bummed you didn’t win the latest Powerball jackpot? This post will make you feel better. With stories ranging from bankruptcy to suicide, apparently money doesn’t buy happiness after all.

5. Balancing Living in the Now With Planning for the Future

[Wise Bread] “Money comes and goes, but youth and time is something you can never get back.” A solid argument for living in the now, but what about the later? This post has advice to accomplish both, like saving part of any raise you get, but using some on a splurge. It’s pretty cool. Check it out.

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