During the first week of every month, I look to my mailbox with anticipation. From the way I act, you’d think I was expecting the Sears Christmas catalog or a shipment of cassette tapes from Columbia House.

But I’m actually hoping for something much more valuable – Super Dollar coupons.

For those of you unfamiliar with Super Dollar, it’s Food City’s discount store. Located around these parts in the Town & Country Shopping Center, Super Dollar resides in the same building that Food City and, before that, Piggly Wiggly called home. Off-brand merchandise fills the store’s shelves, which translates into paradise for a generic enthusiast like me.

Anyway, at the beginning of the month, Super Dollar sends coupons offering $5 off a $25 purchase for each week of that month. No, that’s not a misprint. You receive a coupon to use each week. What’s more, there’s also a coupon for $5 off a meat transaction and they provide coupons for such items as mayonnaise and strawberries. Thanks to such a deal, I recently was able to obtain a free jar of mayo. The strawberry sale didn’t work out for me, but it’s hard to complain when you’re walking out the door with free mayo.

Of course, I do have one complaint with the store – sometimes the coupons arrive a tad late. This occasional tardiness makes me act a little antsy, even when the coupons aren’t technically late. Case in point, last Monday, I told the sister with whom I carpool that I needed to stop at Super Dollar sometime within the week. I didn’t want to shop without my coupon, though, so I kept delaying the errand. By Thursday, I had begun to fear that Super Dollar had deleted me from their mailing list.

Nonetheless, as my sister and I discussed visiting the store sans coupons, I said, “It’s gloomy and rainy and cold. Let’s wait until tomorrow. The weather is supposed to be better. Besides, maybe we’ll get our coupons today.”

Sure enough, when I opened my mailbox, I found coupons waiting for me. Squealing with delight, I pulled them out of the mailbox and said, “I can go shopping now!” Super Dollar’s helpful staff also offer tips on how to save even more money. For instance, one accommodating associate explained that if two coupons feature the same expiration date, then you can use both of them the same week. No, that’s not a misprint. I was bummed, however, when I first learned this life-changing news because I hadn’t brought the other coupon to the store.

But the change I found in the store’s floor put things in perceptive.

This post originally appeared in the Appalachian News-Express.