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10 Foods You Should Always Buy In Bulk for Your Home Daycare

Running a home daycare can be expensive if you don’t watch your monthly costs closely. For most home daycare providers, food is their #1 monthly expense. Therefore to help you out, we have provided you with a list of food items you should try to buy in bulk to save money. And provided you with our favorite Costco finds.

Bread and Bakery Items

A lot of grocery stores have a bulk discount on loaves.  You’ll want to try to buy bread when on sale so that you can freeze the extra loaves for a later date. The same goes for bagels, English muffins, and pita bread.

Snack items

Apple sauce, granola bars, veggies, straws, or even bear paws often have bulk discounts.  Therefore you should try to stock up when these items are on sale.

Pantry items

Costco is your friend when it comes to pantry items like peanut butter, jams, and maple syrup. Don’t forget the ever-important ketchup.  No Costco near you; check out other warehouse stores.

Veggies and Fruit

Check out if your town has a grocery outlet store.  Stock up on items that you can meal prep for multiple meals or are able to freeze. 

Frozen veggies and fruit.  Watch for sales on frozen veggies and fruit and stock up.  Frozen fruit and veggies are money savers in the winter.


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Shredded, hard or even cream cheese tends to be cheaper when you buy in bulk. 

Dairy items

Depending on your usage, buy dairy items in bulk to save you money.

Canned goods

Chickpeas, mixed beans, and veggies often go on sale in bulk.

Baking goods

Flour, oats, and chocolate chips you can easily buy in bulk to save money

Use services like “click and collect” to stay on budget.  Instead of wandering the aisles, try to snag deals online.  Since you can easily see your total before cashing out, delete items to stay under budget. 

Don’t forget to check out online coupon apps.  Both USA and Canada have many grocery flyer apps and coupon apps.

Finally, watch for bulk deals on paper towels, toilet paper, kleenex, and cleaning supplies for your home daycare.  

Our Favorite Costco Products to Buy in Bulk

Bakery Section:

  • Bread
  • Bagels
  • Wraps
  • Buns
  • English muffins
  • Banana bread
  • Mini Brownies

Meat & Deli Section:

  • Chicken breasts
  • Ground pork
  • Ground beef
  • Pork loin
  • Sausages
  • Cheese curds
  • Double smoked cheddar
  • Salami
  • Turkey breast

Veggie Area and Cooler:

  • Grape tomatoes
  • Yellow potatoes
  • Baby cucumbers
  • Sweet yellow onions
  • Mixed peppers
  • Avocados
  • Romaine
  • Baby carrots
  • Cauliflower
  • Blueberries
  • Strawberries
  • Apples
  • Bananas
  • Grapes
  • Clementines

Milk Cooler:

  • Eggs
  • Milk


  • Coconut milk
  • Orange Juice


  • Organic mango
  • Turkey breakfast sausage
  • French Fries
  • Chicken strips
  • Fish Sticks


  • Sour cream
  • Cream cheese
  • Unsalted butter
  • Shredded mozzarella
  • Shredded cheddar

Cereal Aisle:

  • Quick Oats
  • Cheerios
  • Multigrain chips
  • Veggie straws

Cracker Aisle:

  • Applesauce cups
  • Peach cups
  • Fruit squeeze
  • Kirkland Peanut Butter
  • Crackers
  • Maple syrup

Spice/Baking Aisle:

  • Better than Bullion Chicken
  • Chocolate chips
  • Baking powder
  • Flour
  • Vanilla
  • Dried fruit

Pickles Aisle:

  • Bacon bits
  • Avocado oil
  • Olive oil
  • Pickles
  • Olives

Pasta Aisle:

  • Organic mixed-shape pasta pack
  • Canned tuna
  • Tomato sauce
  • Diced tomatoes
  • Butter Chicken Sauce (Depending if your kids like it)
  • Rice
  • Other grains

Snack Section:

  • Granola Bars
  • Popcorn
  • Fruit snacks

Looking for Snack Ideas? Check out this post on Basic Snack Ideas for Toddlers.

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