‘Counting On’: The Duggars Used to Spend $4,000 a Month on Groceries

by Jeremy Spirogis
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Big household = huge grocery payments. That’s actually the case for the Duggars. Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar — the celebrities of TLC’s 19 Kids and Counting needed to spend hundreds of {dollars} each month to feed their huge household. In a flashback episode of Counting On that aired July 21, family members mirrored on the sophisticated logistics of grocery searching for 21 individuals. 

The Duggars inventory their pantry like a grocery retailer

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Cans of packaged meals | Catherine Scola / Contributor / Getty Images

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Keeping an organized pantry is essential when you might have greater than a dozen children to feed and undergo as many as 20 loaves of bread every week. 

“When it comes to food, we have to buy bulk … We have shelves like grocery store shelves,” Michelle defined in a classic clip as she confirmed off a pantry containing 500 cans of meals. Jim Bob — who used to work at a grocery store — even skilled his children to inventory the cabinets like they had been in an actual retailer, instructing them to maneuver older gadgets to the entrance so they might be eaten earlier than they expired.

Daughter Jessa Duggar recalled month-to-month grocery journeys the place the household would fill 7 to 10 carts with meals. In a single day, the household may undergo three dozen eggs, 5 kilos of turkey bacon, 20 biscuits, three loves of bread, three kilos of inexperienced beans, two family-size baggage of lettuce, and a gallon of ice cream, they instructed Today in 2012, along with 4 kilos of grapes, sloppy joe meat, and pasta. 

Despite the huge grocery hauls, some Duggar household critics have speculated the youngsters didn’t get sufficient meals rising up. They assume their mother and father might have been too stretched financially to feed their children wholesome meals.

All these groceries value as much as $4,000 a month

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Members of the Duggar Family seems the Today present | Peter Kramer/NBCU Photo Bank/NBCUniversal through Getty Images

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Keeping all these individuals fed might value $3,000 to $4,000 a month, son Joe Duggar revealed within the Counting On episode. And that was the invoice after the household’s numerous money-saving hacks, which embrace procuring at low cost shops like Aldi and shopping for in bulk.

Aldi customers can save 20% to 40% off the worth of comparable gadgets at Walmart, in accordance with an evaluation by Clark.com. If the Duggars had been much less thrifty, they could have been spending as a lot as $6,000 a month on meals, in accordance with an estimate in an previous episode of the household’s actuality present. 

High grocery payments had been such a reality of life for the Duggars that a few of the children have been shocked at how little they must spend on meals after they transfer out on their very own. Joe Duggar and his spouse Kendra stated they had been stunned by the price of groceries after they obtained married in 2017. He shared that the couple spends $400 to inventory their pantry — a fraction of what his mother and father needed to pay to maintain everybody of their dwelling fed. 

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