Traffic was the top headache for the 21 Bay Area residents I spoke to.
Many also expressed dismay about homeless people, saying they were concerned and sad that more wasn't being done to provide housing.
Some people had a hard time coming up with even one thing they didn't like about the Bay Area. When pressed, they gave very personal answers.
Your credit score may slowly be getting worse over time without you realizing it.
Maxing out your credit cards can hurt your credit score, even if you pay your bills on time each month.
Things beyond your control, such as a change in loan servicing, can also hurt your credit score.
Here are five ways to know if you have a bad credit score, even if you think you have good credit.
Frequent flyer programs allow you to rack up miles and earn free flights.
It could be difficult to earn enough miles for a free flight if you don't fly often; however, you can enjoy a number of alternative benefits from airline loyalty programs like flight-amenities and seat upgrades.
Here are five advantages of frequent flyer programs that go beyond miles.
Companies donate millions to political causes to have a say in the government — here are 10 that have given the most in 2018
Since the Citizens United decision, companies have been able to donate millions of unregulated dollars to political causes as a form of protected free speech.
Behind many of the largest corporate contributions are influential CEOs on the left and the right, such as Sheldon Adelson and Tom Steyer, who hope that in exchange Congress will work to push their political agendas.
Here are 10 companies that are influencing politics by donating huge amounts of money to political groups in 2018.
Buying a home is likely to be one of the biggest investments of your life.
For many, life events such as marriage or the birth of a child are often the catalyst to buying a home.
It's important to buy a home when you're able to afford one, though waiting until the winter to put down an offer could save you a bit.
Here's how to know when it's the best time to buy a home.
Credit cards play a large role in debt for Americans.
Laura McCamy stopped using credit cards to pay off her debt — but with no revolving credit, her credit score evaporated, and it affected her ability to get a loan.
Though giving up credit cards can help you get out of debt, there are some unexpected problems that come with cutting the cards.
Having a car can be expensive and inconvenient depending on your means and location.
Living in the Bay Area, author Laura McCamy decided to give up her car 10 years ago, which has saved her money, reduced her stress levels, and increased her daily exercise intake.
Here are four benefits to going car free and why I plan to stay car-free.
Becoming a citizen in some countries is as easy as living there for a few years, but in others, it's nearly impossible.
In Qatar, you would have to be a legal resident for 25 years to be able to apply for citizenship, and if you're not a Muslim, you shouldn't even bother.
Here are eight of the countries where it's most difficult to become a citizen.
I've lived in cohousing — a neighborhood based on Danish principles of community living — for 14 years. Here's why I never want to live elsewhere.
Cohousing communities are residential living arrangements organized around common space, shared meals, and group activities.
Neighbors help each other with everything from childcare to home maintenance.
Each unit is self-contained, so you can balance your need for solitary time with the joy of group experiences.
Starting a business can feel like a daunting task, especially the first time around.
There are a multitude of challenges to starting a business, and slip-ups like overworking and not tracking your financials can cost you greatly.
Author Laura McCamy is a two-time entrepreneur who made costly mistakes with her first company that she made sure to avoid with her second company.
10 crazy things Silicon Valley thinks are normal that make the rest of the country think it's out of touch
Silicon Valley residents live a completely different lifestyle than people in many parts of the US do.
In Silicon Valley, it's not unheard of to commute 10 hours to work, order a car that hasn't even been designed yet, or pay $1 million for a condo in a sinking skyscraper.
Here are 10 crazy things Silicon Valley thinks are normal — but aren't.
Those living in or near Silicon Valley may sometimes feel as if they live on a different planet than most other parts of t...
Hiroshima today looks completely different than it did 73 years ago.
On August 6, 1945, the US dropped an atomic bomb on Hiroshima that destroyed most of the city and instantly killed 80,000 of its citizens.
Today, Hiroshima has recovered into a bustling manufacturing hub with a population of 1.1 million people and counting.
Here's what Hiroshima looks like today.
On August 1, we'll have consumed more resources than the Earth can regenerate in a year — here's how you can reduce your ecological footprint
Earth Overshoot Day is the day each year when humans have consumed a year's worth of the planet's natural resources. In 2018, it falls on August 1.
The Country Overshoot Day for the US is much earlier: March 15, 2018. If everyone lived like US residents, we would need five earths to meet our annual consumption.
Want to reduce your ecological footprint? Changing the way you get around and the food you eat can have the biggest impact.
Looking for a job can be stressful and overwhelming, especially when you have to apply while working full time at your current gig.
There are some things you can do, like asking for what you want directly, that can help you land the perfect job.
Here are the three smartest things I did when looking for a new job.
Costco memberships offer customers discounts that go beyond savings on bulk food items.
Many consumers may not know that Costco gives its members access to some of the best deals on travel, prescription drugs, gift cards, and more.
Here are 10 tricks from a consumer-savings expert for getting the most out of your Costco membership.