Melvin (the Smart Green Pig)

Melvin is the Smart Green Pig. "Smart" as in intelligent. Some would say "Super Intelligent" or perhaps "Genius". But also "Smart" as in surly and sarcastic, so watch your Ps and Qs!

By the way, Melvin gets paid (quite handsomely) by SECU, so even though he's completely unbiased, some might think otherwise. Just sayin' (disclosin').

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How to Buy a Home: The Real Estate Closing

How to Buy a Home: The Real Estate Closing

The Real Estate Closing is post number eight of an eight post series on How to Buy a Home. The real estate closing, or settlement as it’s sometimes called, is the grand finale—the process that makes that house officially yours. The buyer (that’s you), buyer’s agent, seller and seller’s agent attend the closing, which is […]

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Three Ways to Lower Your Credit Card Utilization

Three Ways to Lower Your Credit Card Utilization

Credit Card utilization is an important component of your credit score. Want to improve (raise) your credit score? Improving your credit card utilization will help. How, you ask? Oh, jeez! Do I have to spell out everything for you?! Alrighty then. Pay attention ’cause I’m only gonna say this once. The amount of available credit you use […]

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Student Accounts: $170 Checking Bonus

Student Accounts: $170 Checking Bonus

Every now and then I’ll tell you about an awesome money saving deal (okay, this is the first time but there will be more). I just came across a review of SECU Credit Union’s $170 bonus on Student Accounts on HustlerMoneyBlog.com. Yes, that’s the real name and, no, it’s got nothing to do with nudity. […]

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How to Buy a Home: Get a Mortgage

How to Buy a Home: Get a Mortgage

Get a Mortgage is post number seven of an eight post series on How to Buy a Home. Alright. This is important, so pay attention! When it comes to getting a mortgage, there’s more than one way to skin a cat. There are two – that is, two broad categories of mortgage loans: fixed and adjustable rate […]

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Five Brilliant Financial Tips for Your Twenties

Five Brilliant Financial Tips for Your Twenties

  Here are five brilliant financial tips for anyone in their twenties, courtesy of this article in US News and World Reports. But, just like the publication name, the article is a total snoozer, and lacks some much needed panache. Lucky for you, I’ve brained it up; that’s the brilliant part. Ok, here we go! Financial […]

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