Buy a grad a $30 gift card at Chipotle and get a freebie

Chipotle Mexican restaurants want you to think of them when choosing a gift for graduates, so it's throwing in a freebie. Spend $30 on a gift card and get one of the following free at a future visit: a burrito, order of tacos, salad or bowl. The offer has a value of about $7 and is good through June 30. While the promo is geared toward grads, it is open to anyone. The freebie does not apply to gift cards purchased at

Luxe winter boots blowout

Here's proof that the best deals are often in the off-season. Mode fashion outlet (7788 Main St., Maple Grove, 763-391-6102, brings in 80 pairs of high-fashion winter boots from Luxe. Originally priced between $250 and $900, the special-edition boots will be $89 to $229. Most of the styles include fur trim or crystal studs in sizes 6 through 10 (mostly 7s and 8s). Owner Ciara Stockeland expects to sell out the line on the first day.

During the sale, Mode will also feature boys' tops and girls' dresses and tops from the Tea Collection, which is carried at Nordstrom. Each of the 400 summer and fall pieces in sizes 6 months to 4T will be $10, regularly about $35.

The sale starts at 10 a.m. Friday and Saturday.

Additional discounts at kids shoe outlet

Shoe Zoo kids' and women's shoe store (3146 Hennepin Av. S., Mpls., 612-823-3988, continues its summer sale through June 10. Save 10 to 30 percent on current spring and summer brands such as Naturino, Umi, Aster, Teva, Primigi, Skechers, Converse, Geox, Keen, Saltwater, New Balance, Lelli Kelly and Havaianas, originally $20 to $120. Save an extra 10 percent on sandals, dress shoes and sneakers already marked down 40 to 70 percent in the outlet upstairs, which is closing.

John Ewoldt • 612-673-7633 or If you spot a deal, share it at