Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Today's Deal - Hamilton Beach Slow Cooker

Brenda and I have been looking for a programmable slow cooker, but the one we had been eyeing up had all the bell's and whistles, which made the unit a bit expensive. Then she found this in our Cartwheel. (If you don't know what Cartwheel is, it's a smart phone app that provides you instant savings while shopping at Target. Go and click the link and check out the app.)Here is a link to the discount in Cartwheel and a screenshot of the discount of 15%:

Notice the highlight, it expires this Saturday, March 21st, 2015. 

Additionally, if you are "all in" as a Target Red Card Member, you get an additional 5% off by putting it on your Red Card.
The total price for this Hamilton Beach 6 quart slow cooker with three temperature and five time settings is $27.99. That's a savings of $7. Yes it's purple, but for that price it could be hot pink...
I have it working right now, it's a chili night in the Hill household. So far so good, but too soon to do a product review.

Thanks for visiting Bryan Hill's Blog and have a blessed day.

* I have no material connection with Hamilton Beach or Target
** Photos provided by Target/Cartwheel

Friday, February 13, 2015


He told them, “The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field."

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Product Review: Samsung Galaxy Discover S730G (mp3/Podcast Player)

A few weeks back, I was doing our grocery shopping as I do weekly. Something I do regularly during these excursions, is browse the clearance shelves. On this particular trip I found this prepaid cell phone at Walmart. It is a Samsung Galaxy Discover and it normally is prices around the $80 mark and  I was taken back as I notice the red tag...$10.00. I quickly checked the specs, it had Android, it had Wifi, and it was small. Those are three things that quickly qualified for a portable listening device (MP3/Podcast Player and more), not really a phone. So here are the specs of this device:

Processor: Single Core Arm Cortex-A5 800Mhz.
System Memory: 512Mb Ram
Built in Storage: 4 Gb Ram
Storage Expansion: MicroSD, up to 32 GB.
Battery: 1200 mAh

I won't go into the phone specs, because my intended use won't be using those technologies.

After thinking more about it, this came with a charger and a 4Gb Micro SD card. These two things alone are worth the $10. The added device is just a bonus, right???

This device preforms very well. I use Google Play Music, and create playlists especially for our Praise Band. So every week I change the set-list/playlist and this device automatically downloads the latest changes so I have it in the car or while I clean, or while I shop. I also use it for podcasts, for them I use PocketCasts from Shiftyjelly and have it automatically download the most recent podcast to the device so that I have it in the car, or while I clean or while I shop. As soon as this device sees my WiFi or any other WiFi (that is free) it updates and downloads from these services mentioned.

I place it into Airplane mode and then turn on the wifi when I want to get updates,  Doing this allows the battery to last a couple of days if I need it to. 

Anyways, that's what I do with cheap android phones, but I am kind of a geek. This can also be done with old phones as well.

*I have not material connection with Walmart or Samsung*


Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Product Review: Samsung Dishwasher (DW80F600UTB)

We recently purchased a Samsung Dishwasher from Lowe's. It's features range from the stainless steel tub, to it's hard food disposer, it has an adjustable top rack. It comes dressed in all black, and while in operating mode it comes in under 50 decibel at 48. It is quieter then our last Whirlpool which was only 2 plus years old. We appreciate it's Sanitation cycle, which eliminates essentially any need to dry any of the dishes as they come out. (I can't say the same for the Whirlpool that is going to the scrap  yard in a few weeks.) I also enjoy using the delay wash cycle, for when showers are being taken directly after dinner. The dishes are clean by morning....

The price was under $500 at $472.81 which actually was more then $100 dollars less then the piece of scrap we replaced). We did not purchase their suggested install kit, but did need an elbow to fit our supply line to the dishwasher. I'm not sure why that connection is not a standard between manufacturers???? The installation was easy, with the help of a second person.

Model Number: DW80F600UTB
Price: $472.81 (Lowe's were running an appliance sale, they usually run $649)

I would recommend this product to family and friends.

* Above images provided by Lowe's

* I have not material connection with Lowe's or Samsung.