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The honeymoon phase in any relationship is bliss. Once reality starts to set in, however, it’s important you talk about the things that matter — like money. Money talk is crucial to a relationship’s ultimate success: According to a 2016 Experian survey, 59% of divorced people say finances played a role in the breakup of their marriage. So while salaries may not be the best first date topic, it’s not shallow to consider whether your date is responsible with their wallet.

Beyond uncovering some ways to tell if your latest beau is a responsible spender, this week we looked at why first-time home buyers are experiencing trouble and how you (and your partner) can cut down on your plastic consumption. We’ve also examined Ivanka Trump’s now-closed clothing line was ever a success.

Love and Money: How to figure out if your new romantic partner is a financial disaster

The average single American drops $1,596 a year on dating.
The average single American drops $1,596 a year on dating. Rommel Canlas/Shutterstock

It’s not about how much money they have, but how they handle what they’ve got. Read more here.

Why the market for first-time home buyers is getting tougher

Lots more people plan on buying homes than plan on selling them, and more people think their home’s value is going to climb in the coming years.
Lots more people plan on buying homes than plan on selling them, and more people think their home’s value is going to climb in the coming years. lOvE lOvE/Shutterstock

If you’re dead set on buying, these are the cities in America you should be looking at. Read more here.

How to use less plastic in your everyday life

A cold brew habit can make it hard to consume less plastic
A cold brew habit can make it hard to consume less plastic thaweerat/Shutterstock

One writer tracked her plastic consumption for an entire week; the results weren’t pretty. Fortunately, and expert stepped in with advice on how to do better in the future.

Was Ivanka Trump’s fashion brand actually successful?

Ivanka Trump at the White House
Ivanka Trump at the White House Win McNamee/Getty Images

A look back at the ups and downs of the Ivanka Trump brand. Read more here.

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