When I moved to San Francisco with my husband last year, our number one priority was finding somewhere to live. Within a few days we were viewing our first flat. When I overheard another couple asking if they could make an application to rent it, I realized we had arrived woefully under-prepared.
When lawyer Kate Dowing announced that she would move out of Silicon Valley due to the exorbitant housing prices, the story went viral. It emphasized what many Bay Area residents know all too well: If you come to this affluent area for other reasons than working for a major tech company, life will be very expensive. Here are some ideas to save money and make it work nevertheless.