Reduce, reuse, borrow, barter, choose cheaper alternatives, break bad habits, grow your own or do without. Spend less. Live a better life. Welcome to Recession 2.0.
Living Lightly is a timely and illuminating six-part series that follows three Irish families who must revolutionise the cost and quality of their lives. All three families are living way beyond their means and for the next ninety days they'll be advised, monitored and mentored by two sympathetic taskmasters Conor Pope and Ella McSweeney. Their goal: to forget what they want but simply can't afford anymore and focus on what they actually need. To live more and pay less.
Conor Pope is an author, broadcaster and journalist. He has been highlighting rip-offs, offering independent product reviews and showing people how to live more for less for over five years. He has also written a best selling book on how people can save thousands of euro each year without draining the colour and joy from their lives.
Ella McSweeney is a television presenter and also works in RTÉ
radio. Since joining RTE in 2004 from the BBC, Ella has made a variety of radio series including the walking series Shanks Mare, The Green Light, Farm Week, RTE's Big Science Debate, award-winning Mind Matters and documentaries for RTÉ's Documentary on One slot. Since 2008 she has presented Ear to the Ground, RTE's farming television series. In her spare time, Ella happily spends her time growing food and developing her garden, and learning about self sufficiency and sustainability.
Des and Mary O’Connor live in Longford with their four daughters Isobel, Camilla, Alicia and Imogen. With levies and cuts their income does not stretch as far as it used to and Des and Mary who have always had difficulty saying ‘no’ to their four daughters have no choice but to reduce their spending by a third.
Laura and Dave McArdle and their three children from Stepaside have seen their comfortable life change overnight. Dave is an electrician and until work dried up at the end of last year he, Laura and the children only ever knew good times. Laura works part time in a preschool. For the first time in their lives they are behind with bills and are waiting on social welfare.
Paul and Maria McGregor from Howth are about to celebrate the arrival of their fourth child. Paul is a stay at home Dad, he took redundancy from the bank three years. Maria is a pilot working part time with Aer Lingus. They did well in the boom years and Maria was able to take extended unpaid maternity leave with her last two children and would like to do the same with this baby. However things are not the same, they can’t borrow like they used to, their savings are gone and some serious changes need to be made.