17 Costco Products Parents Should Always Have on Their Shopping List

Costco shopping can save you time and money when you add these items to your list.

Published April 5, 2023

Looking to elevate your Costco shopping list? As a busy parent, you probably don't always have time to peruse all the amazing products that this big box store has to offer, especially with small kids in tow. If you want the best deals, we've compiled some premier products to add to your Costco shopping list.

Diapers & Pull-Ups


It is absolutely mind-boggling. The average parent will buy two to three thousand diapers in the first year of their baby's life. They'll continue to buy diapers and training pants until their child becomes potty trained, which normally occurs between their second and third birthday.

The cost of these necessities adds up fast, but Costco has you covered! They sell diapers and Pull-Ups for a fraction of the cost. Savings can range from $8 to $18 for Huggies. Kirkland brand diapers bring even more savings. This makes these items a must-grab when shopping at Costco!

Quick Tip

Every few months, Costco has a sale on diapers where customers can get $10+ dollars off of each box. Take advantage of these super savings while you have the chance!

Baby Wipes


Kirkland brand baby wipes are another solid choice to add to your Costco shopping list. Just like many other options on the market, they're hypoallergenic, free of parabens and phthalates, and void of fragrances. However, for those searching for scents, they also offer an option that smells like a fresh spring day.

Puppy Pads


In case you didn't know, puppy pads have more than one purpose. Forget the fancy changing pad sheets that require regular washing. Puppy pads are beyond convenient! Reuse them until messes arise and then remove any disasters with ease.

They are also perfect for on-the-go. Avoid the germ covered changing table in the mall or restaurant bathroom by laying down one of these lightweight, extra large pads. Did we mention they're exorbitantly cheaper at Costco compared to other stores? Get ready to absorb some savings!

Baby Formula


Many new parents have been struggling since the formula shortage in the spring of 2022, with some brands still remaining scarce on store shelves. If you are an Enfamil family, or if you are interested in switching to Kirkland ProCare, there's a tremendous savings potential for you! Best of all, their stock seems to be steady.

Ground Beef


Less than five dollars a pound for organic ground beef and less than four per pound for regular chuck - you can buy meat for months if you have the space to store it! Costco also offers burger patties that are already formed and frozen, which can be great for family gatherings or a quick and mess-free meal on a busy school night.

Helpful Hack

Costco also sells FoodSaver Vacuum Sealing Systems. These are a game changer when buying meat in bulk. Package up your products the moment you get home from the store, seal and date the package, and throw them in the freezer!

Skirt Steak


If you haven't had the pleasure of trying Costco's Arrachera Marinated Skirt Steak, do not walk, run, and grab a few! This mouthwatering meat requires literally no prep work, tastes exceptional, and makes a restaurant-quality fajita meal at a fraction of the cost.

Did we also mention that Costco carries the tortillas, chips, salsa, cheese, fresh onions, and sweet peppers to complete your meal? It really doesn't get much better than that!

Rotisserie Chicken


Costco's mascot might as well be the rotisserie chicken - they make them fresh multiple times a day and they're less than five bucks! How does Costco give customers this great deal? They have their very own hatcheries, feed mills, and slaughterhouse in Nebraska. While we don't always want to think about this part of our meal, this monumental business decision ensures consistent low prices and a constant flow of poultry products to their stores.

Need to Know

Since chickens are a part of their business, also don't forget to grab a large carton of eggs while you are there!

Bread Products


Costco's bakery is quite impressive at making muffins, baguettes, artisan rolls, croissants, and desserts daily. They also have a variety of brands of pre-sliced bread, in addition to tortillas, burger and hot dog buns, and even pizza crust. If you need a carb, they'll likely have you covered!



It doesn't matter if you want shredded, sliced, or a whole wheel, the Costco cheese selection is bar none the best in terms of cost. They also have quite the selection to peruse, which means you're covered for school lunches, soccer practices, and family get-togethers.



No matter if you are looking for juice, soda, milk, hot cocoa, tea, or caffeinated drinks (for yourself, of course), Costco has a deal for you. However, by far their most notable beverage that parents should slide onto the lower tray of your shopping cart is their water. Not only is it a healthy and refreshing option, but it's a downright steal! They have an array of size options to meet your family's needs.

Dry and Canned Goods


Whether you like to stockpile or just generally use a lot of canned goods for your family, Costco is your store! Their selection of shelf-stable foods is impressive. You'll have supplies for essentially any recipe, and some to spare for neighbors and friends when they come knocking at your door. Some of the best items to stock up on include:

  • Organic Black Beans
  • Organic Diced Tomatoes
  • Organic Tomato Sauce
  • Organic Tomato Paste
  • Organic Chicken Stock
  • While Albacore Tuna
  • Peanut Butter
  • Pasta Sauce
  • Ro-Tel
  • Macaroni and Cheese
  • Cooking Oils
  • Sugar & Spices
  • Condiments (Ketchup, Mustard, Mayonnaise, Ranch, and BBQ Sauce)

They also sell 25-pound bags of rice for less that $13 a piece, which can seem excessive, but it can also come in handy when making sensory bottles and bins for young kids!

Snacks for Lunches (and Any Other Moment in the Day)


Kids eat a LOT. That means a copious number of trips to the store to keep snacks in stock. Shop smarter, not harder when you buy in bulk. Costco has chips, Goldfish, cookies, Cliff Bars, Kind Bars, jerky and cheese packs, Go-Gurt, trail mixes, nuts and seeds, gummies, yogurt and granola, applesauce, and cheese and cracker packs, all in individual packages.

These are perfect for at home and on the go. Best of all, parents have a good selection of both healthy and indulgent options.

Paper Plates


For the parents who maybe care slightly less about the trees, sorry Mr. Lorax, but value water conservation and convenience, grab paper plates while at Costco. They normally carry big name brands like Hefty, Chinet, and Dixie, so you know that flimsy flatware isn't a worry. You can snag up to 300 for around $20!

Laundry Detergent


Those countless loads of laundry that come with little ones require a lot of detergent. Costco carries Arm & Hammer, Tide, All Free & Clear, Gain, ECOS, and Kirkland Signature Ultra Clean, all in giant containers that hold at least 150 ounces.

We know, we know, they need to add Dreft to the mix, but All Free & Clear is also hypoallergenic, free of perfumes and dyes, and gentle on baby's skin!

Oral Products


Parents can also limit the instance of cavities by making sure that their family has the proper supplies for keeping teeth pearly white. Costco carries toothbrushes, toothpaste, floss, and soft-picks for low prices. Members can also invest in electric toothbrushes and get great deals on the replacement heads.

Cleaning Products


If you want to keep things fresh and clean for your family, there are definitely a few items that are must-grabs at Costco. Their top cleaning products to purchase are Swiffer wipes (both wet and dry), Pine Sol All-Purpose Cleaner, toilet bowl cleaner, and disinfectant products. The savings on these items are significant and you'll always be prepared for big messes.

Other Costco Buys to Add to Your Quarterly Costco Shopping List


While you won't need to stock up on these items often, isn't that the point of shopping at a bulk style store? Here are some other items to snag while at Costco:

  • Kitchen Trash Bags
  • Dish Soap
  • Dishwasher Pods
  • Batteries
  • Lightbulbs
  • Home Air Filters
  • Kirkland Brand Aluminum Foil
  • Ziplock Bags

Remember that each Costco will carry a few different products, so if you don't have time to shop around, consider making your Costco shopping list by checking their selection online the night before you head out. And if you find yourself without the time to shop, don't fret! They also offer home deliveries to customers that live nearby through Instacart.

Save on So Much for Your Family at Costco


There are so many products that are high quality and can save families time and money. Add these top picks to your shopping list and streamline everything from clean-ups to mealtimes!

17 Costco Products Parents Should Always Have on Their Shopping List