Last week I blogged about a sweet little mobile app called My City Lives.
My City Lives is a website and mobile app that aims to connect places of interest to individual stories.
I like to think of it like this: I’m hanging out in Trinity Bellwoods park eating some ice cream with my friends. I take and post a video of me and my friends and geo-tag my current location in the app. The park now becomes alive with my story and my experience. My City LIVES! What better way to get to know a restaurant, coffee shop, dental office or park than to watch other people talk about their experiences? It’s like Yelp with videos!
In collaboration with ING Direct Café, My City Lives launched it’s first public campaign in early March. For almost a month and a half people had the chance to upload videos talking about their tips to #saveinthecity. As a personal mission to get over my fear of being on camera and to share some of my savvy tips to save money while living in the city, I uploaded two videos. My first video was a follow up to my review of Fuzz Wax Bar. You can watch it here. While I think the tip is a good one if you’re a monthly waxer (male or female!), I’m not really proud of the video. It sounds like an ad or something…what was I thinking!? The second one was a (sideways!) video about the yoga studio I go to. They have great deals on hot yoga.
Then, on the day the contest ended, I unleashed my secret weapon #saveinthecity tip. This is the biggest tip I have ever discovered to date on how to be a savvy city dweller. Here’s my tip:
While the video isn’t the greatest (I blame City staff for kicking me out while filming inside. Apparently filming gym facilities isn’t allowed – please keep this in mind if you decide to follow my tip ;)) it really is an excellent way to save money on your monthly gym membership.
The contest had over 100 videos submitted and more than 10,000 views on the My City Lives website and app.
My video won the Mobile Awesomeness Award!
Apparently it was “one of the most incredible saving tips” submitted throughout the whole campaign!
I am so happy I could share my #saveinthecity tip with so many people!
Who ever believed me when I said being cheap would eventually pay off? 😉
Thank you to the My City Lives and ING Direct Café teams for organizing this contest!
And congrats to Jonny, Karim and Rebecca – they won the other three categories!
A little more information on City of Toronto fitness memberships for those interested:
At any City of Toronto fitness facility, you can purchase a one-day drop in class ($10.50), a one month pass ($37.50), three month pass ($63.50), 6 month pass ($113.50), or 1 year pass ($212.50). Each option gives you full access to the gym facilities, pool and fitness classes. There are a bunch of different cost breakdowns depending on which facility you would be visiting and there’s even savings if you would only like to come during non-prime time hours (before 5pm). You can look up the pricing here.
My disclaimer: Like any gym you’re considering joining, I really recommend taking a tour of the facilities beforehand. Make sure to visit once or twice during the times you would regularly be going to the gym. While it doesn’t deter me from the huge savings, there are swim classes for children that start and end around the time I would be changing so the changeroom would be a chaotic mess of kids.