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By Paola Songeur

Let's face it — most daily schedules don’t have room for elaborate dinner preparation.

For busy parents, college students or solo-diners (and for those who might not be so handy in the kitchen), most dinners need to be time-efficient enough to fit within their busy lives. But simple doesn’t need to mean boring!

With a slow cooker like this one from Crock-Pot, which is available on Amazon for 50 percent off right now, time-efficient meal plans don’t need to sacrifice taste.

Crock-Pot Cook 'N' Carry Slow Cooker, $25 (usually $50), Amazon

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This 6-quart appliance comes with an easy-to-use lock lid and convenient side handles, making it easy to take on-the-go. It serves up to eight people, which means it can make enough for a dinner party, a crowd of hungry kids, or even help you meal prep for an entire week in one go.

Plus, the adjustable temperature lets you pop the ingredients into the Crock-Pot, set the temperature depending on how long you'll be gone, and let it run. Once the food is done cooking, keep it on the convenient "warm" setting for later.

It isn’t limited to simple dinners when time is pressed, it works for special occasions too. Just ask Martha Stewart — she dedicated an entire cookbook to slow cooker recipes.

But whether it’s fancy or not, dinners will be stress-free with this appliance in the house. "From the design to the ease of use, this Crock-Pot is a must-have appliance," says one reviewer. "It's sleek, clean, and the best part is that it makes dinnertime less stressful."

Don’t say we didn’t tell you!

Crock-Pot Cook 'N' Carry Slow Cooker, $25 (usually $50), Amazon

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