If you are thinking about getting a crockpot, now is a good time. They have models anywhere from tiny stupid (on/off) ones for $15 to the 6q timer with lid clamps for $45. And you get 1lb of free hamburger and some other incidentals if you spend >$25.
I confess, I sprung for the one with a timer. I haven't decided whether to keep my current one of not. It may take up too much space to keep, but imagine the havoc I could wreak with dueling crockpots and a dutch oven!
Darn. I didn't buy any wine and spices so I can have mulled wine. One for feeding, one for drinking!