Sept 2018 £0 Challenge Part 5: £0 Day at Harrods

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I guess you’re wondering what happened on the day I ran out of money? Naturally I went to Harrods. You may question the wisdom of visiting Britain’s most notoriously expensive shop with £0 in the bank and a commitment not to neither, beg borrow or steal as I worked back up from zero through freelance work, but to me, it seemed like the natural thing to do.

I felt mischievous, to be incognito, browsing through thousands of pounds worth of high end goods with no purchasing power and no earning on the cards, but having put on my best shirt and spent my last 43pence at the pick and mix, I was able to chew my way sweetly through, unnoticed.

I sat in the café and wrote in my journal. I went to the sweet-smelling bathrooms and sprayed myself with free perfume and aftershave too, for good measure. This wasn’t what I expected having no money to feel like.

For the past 6 weeks, as my funds declined, I imagined that when I ran out of money I’d have nothing. It was then I realized that I didn’t have “nothing”, I just didn’t have any money.”

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from Pause For Thought: BBC Radio Devon, released January 30, 2017

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