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Who doesn’t like a good deal? Who doesn’t want to get something for free? In today’s society we are taught to trust no one, especially if they are peddling something for free. Everyone knows that nothing in life is free right? There’s always some terms and conditions you have to fulfill first to get your free item, usually costing you money in the long run.
In my current state of unemployment I spend a lot of time inside my house. My day consists of cleaning, looking for work, doing various household projects, and watching numerous movies and mindless television. There is only so much a person can handle before going stir crazy.  It’s hard to find things to do that don’t cost you an arm and a leg. Even doing something as simple as going to the movies costs you upwards of thirty dollars or more by the time you buy snacks and settle in to watch a good flick. So, I am always on the look-out for cheap or even free deals that will allow me to get out of the house and enjoy myself. Seeing as how they are few and far between, I decided to do some research on the topic and see what I could come up with.
My first stop was the Senoia Welcome Center, located at the center of town on Main Street. It’s a great place to learn all about what’s happening in Senoia, along with a little history of our small town. The nice employees and volunteers there will kindly direct your attention to a variety of brochures and flyers listing local activities and shops. Some examples of what you will find there are a brochure for The Donald W. Nixon Center for Performing and Visual Arts that lists their schedule of performances, and brochures on where to find the Senoia Zombie Filming Location Maps and much more. There is a wide variety, covering all sorts of interests from gardening to theatre. If you want to know what’s happening in the area, they are the place to visit first.
One very helpful resource I got while visiting there is a free monthly publication called 85 South Out & About. It is filled with all sorts of local events ranging from Stone Mountain to Lagrange. This publication offers ups such events as the 2016 Decatur Wine Festival and Art Walk, The Winter Wonderland Big Expo at the Summit Family YMCA in Newnan, The Market Day hosted the first Saturday of every month on Main Street in Newnan, Horse drawn carriage rides through downtown Lagrange and listings of live entertainment throughout the area. To see the full listing of things to do, you can visit their website:, or their twitter feed
My next stop was the local libraries located in Fayetteville, Peachtree City, Senoia, and Newnan. Each library has a monthly calendar listing the events occurring there, such as Murder Mystery Book Clubs, public speakers, local writing groups that meet once a month, and language learning labs where you can use the Rosetta Stone program to learn Latin, Spanish, or a variety of other languages. All these activities are free of charge and full of knowledge, allowing you to better yourself while also providing socialization and entertainment.
If you are keener on the outdoor activities, the library can still be of help to you. Every library in the area carries a Georgia State Park Pass, which will allow you to get into any state park for free. You can check it out for a week at a time and use it as many places as you like.
Another outdoor activity that I personally found refreshing and relaxing was a picnic at Starr’s Mill. Picture this: spreading out a blanket, stretching out in the warm sunshine, and closing your eyes to hear only the roaring sound of the rushing river beside you. If you are not much for picnics, take a ride over to Senoia and take a walk down Main Street. Not only can you window shop, but you can also follow the walk of fame, the brick walkway embedded with bronze stars dedicated to all the wonderful movies that have been filmed here in our little town.
I could go on and on listing all the free or cheap activities I have uncovered, but where’s the fun in that. I have given you a place to start, now it’s up to you to find the rest. At least now I have proven to you that the idea of unemployment doesn’t mean un-enjoyment. There are still plenty of things out there for entertainment that are free, no gimmicks involved. Limited budgets just mean you have to be resourceful.