From a reader:

How do you buy in bulk for a small family? It is just my husband and I and our 11 week old.

Buying whole foods in bulk is an excellent way to save money and cut back on time spent grocery shopping.

If you’re a small family, though, buying in bulk can feel like a major overkill on food!

(What are you supposed to do with that fifty pounds of sucanat you snagged for a great price?)

Here are a few ideas for making buying whole foods in bulk work for you, even if your family is small:

Join with other families and split large orders of food.

If you’re not already part of a food co-op, I encourage you to search until you find one!  

(Our family shopped with a local Azure Standard food co-op for years and loved it!)

Even smaller, out-of-the-way towns usually have some source for whole foods.  Once you’ve joined a food co-op, you will have access to better prices, better selections, and other families who will probably be willing to split orders with you.  

This will not only save you money, but will solve the problem of having more  “extra” food then your family can use.


How to Make Buying Whole Foods in Bulk Work for Your Small Family | Kristy's Cottage blog

Buy food in bulk and sell what you don’t need.

If you don’t need 50 or 100 pounds of wheat, but you really like the idea of buying it for forty-cents a pound instead of a dollar, stock up and sell what you don’t need!  

Chances are, a few like-minded friends will be more than glad to buy up your “extras” at a good price.  

(You might even make a few dollars in the process!) 

I did this recently with a huge amount of sucanat I bought for a really cheap price.


Buying in bulk doesn’t have to be excessive.

You don’t have to purchase food by the truckload in order to buy in bulk.

Maybe ten pounds of sucanat will serve your family better than 50 pounds; or a half gallon of coconut oil instead of a full gallon.

You may not reap as much in savings per unit on a half gallon instead of a gallon, or ten pounds instead of fifty pounds, but chances are you will be still be saving.

Keep in mind, if you over-buy and end up throwing out the excess, you’re losing money instead of saving!

Do you buy whole foods in bulk?

What works for you?

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5 thoughts on “How to buy in bulk for a small family

  1. Nice Blog..lot of valuable information found here!

    Posted on January 18, 2013 at 2:09 am
  2. thank you so much for answering my question in such depth!
    Mrs. Hill, proud wife and mother. blessed to be a homemaker.

    Posted on May 16, 2011 at 7:31 pm
  3. I buy in bulk but have no need to split since I use it all. Like you mentioned, some co-ops sell smaller quantities.

    Posted on April 26, 2011 at 8:22 pm
  4. Did you happen to buy sucanat with honey? I just noticed that the color of the sucanat in your pictures seemed closer to the sucanat with honey as opposed to the darker brown color of the regular sucanat I’ve seen…

    I’d be interested to know the brand of the sucanat you got.

    Posted on April 26, 2011 at 8:10 pm
    1. No, the sucanat doesn’t contain honey; it is pure sugar cane. The brand is Wholesome Sweeteners.

      Posted on April 27, 2011 at 3:40 pm