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The Crock-Pot electric lunchbox loved by teachers and truckers is $30 (a record low) for Black Friday

Bringing a cold sandwich or a soggy salad to work day after day can feel just plain sad. There's nothing like warming up with a hearty soup or yummy casserole when lunchtime rolls around. Good news: There's no reason for ho-hum midday chow-downs with the top-selling Crock-Pot Electric Lunch Box. During Amazon's Black Friday sale, you can snag it for just $30 (down from $45) — an all-time low price!

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This awesome lunch box keeps your food warm on the go and comes in six different colors.

$30 at Amazon

Why is it a good Black Friday deal?

Now that the temperatures are dropping, so is the price on this handy gizmo! This is the lowest we've ever seen it, and it has a respected brand name and thousands of perfect ratings to back it up.

Why do I need this?

Not sure what an "electric lunch box" is? It's a simple yet brilliant gadget: With a 20-ounce capacity, it's kind of like a mini slow cooker, but it's designed to warm up your food, not cook it — perfect for people who want to preserve the deliciousness of their soup or leftovers.

Inside the warmer is a metal bowl to hold your food. The lid on the inner bowl (along with the outer lid) minimizes spills and leakage when you're out and about, while the handle makes grabbing it to go a snap.

There are no buttons to push — just a detachable cord that wraps around the base for easy storage. Plug it in about 45 minutes before you're ready to eat and you'll have yourself a hot meal when it's time to break for lunch. This device is a game changer for rave reviewers from all walks of life.

the crock-pot electric lunch box in two colors with a badge that says Yahoo! Black Friday Deals
Got a teacher, contractor or any kind of shift worker in your life? Here's how to make them very, very happy. (Amazon)

What reviewers say

It's adored by nearly 16,000 five-star fans, including teachers and truckers.

"I bought this for my significant other because I felt bad packing him sandwiches for lunch daily," shared a thoughtful spouse. "I love that there is an inner lid to prevent leaks. I like that it separates from the heating element so I don’t have to worry about damaging it."

"I purchased this because I do not have access to a microwave or cooking appliance at work," shared one rave reviewer. "I use it at least once a week. It works great. I have used it for canned soups, pasta and leftovers."

"I am a teacher with only a 20-minute lunch period, and there are three microwaves in a building for 80 people," wrote a delighted educator. "I absolutely love that I can have hot soup right at my desk. I leave the warming part at work and just bring home the inner bowl and lid to wash every day."

"Most convenient little thing ever!" gushed an excited shopper. "I'm a local truck driver, and I work up to 12 hours in a day. It's nice to put leftovers in this and plug it into my inverter in the truck while I work, and have hot, tasty food by the middle of my shift."

"I am a special education teacher and a 25-minute lunch does not exist for most days, so to have my lunch all heated up when I need it is great," gushed a final fan. "Works well, food is nice and hot; my only complaint (and it is not a big deal), but the cord is kinda short. Perfect portion control — if you are tired of waiting by the microwave at work, get this product!" (Psst: Here's a cool flat-plug extension cord if you need one.)

Just plug this baby in 45 minutes before lunchtime and open it up to reveal a warm, comforting meal.

$30 at Amazon

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The reviews quoted above reflect the most recent versions at the time of publication.

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