Craig Community Budget Center utilizes events like senior Tuesdays to help local residents |

Craig Community Budget Center utilizes events like senior Tuesdays to help local residents

Darian Warden

The Community Budget Center in Craig has trumped the 10 percent senior discount and thrown the senior courtesy cup out the window.

Instead, the CBC offers Senior Tuesday every week, where seniors ages 62 and older can purchase clothing at 50 percent off.

As a non-profit organization all profits are used to help local people, which is what manager Karen Brown said the store is all about.

"Senior Tuesday started a long time ago," Brown said. "We wanted to give seniors a discount because most are on fixed incomes and we like to help out where we can."

Brown said many seniors take advantage of the discount, and some have even become regulars she can count on to stop by for the Tuesday discount.

Brown said the manager position is a good fit for her since she enjoys helping people, which also falls in line with the store’s mission.

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"It's a fun job and a good place to work," Brown said. "We get every age in here. From the very young to the very old and in between."

And although they offer Senior Tuesday, the store contributes to three main funds to benefit everyone in the community.

Brown said the CBC has a United Way fund that helps community members with medical expenses and a fund that goes to the group Energy Outreach of Colorado, which helps with heating. The last area, a general fund from store sales, allows the CBC to help community members struggling to get food, shelter, clothing and utilities.

"We can be diverse because we're independent," Brown said.

Along with the reward of helping the community, Brown's compiled some interesting stories from over the years.

"A few years ago I opened a box and there's this baggie," Brown said. "Someone had donated their gold teeth. It was the strangest thing I've ever seen donated I think.

“There's something new everyday."

Darian Warden can be reached at 875-1793 or

If you go …

What: Senior Tuesdays, 50 percent off clothing purchases for those 62 and older

When: Every Tuesday

Where: The Community Budget Center, 555 Yampa Ave. in downtown Craig.

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