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Living Lightly

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 as they strive to revolutionise the cost and quality of their lives. Their goal: to forget what they want and focus on what they need. To live more and pay less.

All three families are living way beyond their means, still addicted to ‘must-haves’, little luxuries, spending patterns and ways of life more suited to 2006 than 2009. And now, all three face a challenge.

For ninety days, they’ll be advised, monitored and mentored by two sympathetic taskmasters: consumer expert Conor Pope, who’ll audit their spending and set targets designed to reduce it, and ‘frugal enthusiast’ Ella McSweeney who’ll suggest alternatives and offer practical help. On the agenda: everything from reducing fuel and transport bills to rehabilitating impulse shoppers, fast food aficionados and treat-addicts.