It's no secret that slow cookers are the secret to easy and delicious meals, but did you know that they're a budget-friendly option, too? Find out why everyone should own a crock pot, and get inspired with our favorite recipes for slow-cooked meals.

Slow cookers, also known as crock pots, are countertop electric pots that heat up at low temperatures to slowly cook food. A tightly-lidded seal traps heat and moisture, creating the perfect environment to transform the toughest cuts of meat and hard vegetables into fork-tender, fall-off-the-bone meals. You don't have to start with expensive ingredients, since cheaper cuts work just fine.

Check out the slideshow above to discover four more ways slow cookers can save you money.

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