The Real Ways Duggar Family Members Make Their Fortunes
The stars of the canceled TLC show ‘19 Kids and Counting’ and its spinoff ‘Counting On’, made a fortune off of their hit reality shows. But, with both shows canceled and off the air, it makes us wonder how the family is able to afford daily expenses. Let’s take a look at how much they spent on average, to how they’re making ends meet now.
HOW MUCH DO THEY SPEND?
Naturally, one of the first questions that come to mind is how much it financially costs to support so many children. Michelle and Jim Bob Duggar revealed in their book, The Duggars: 20 and Counting, that they roughly spent about $3,000 per month to clothe and feed their kids (when they were all living under one roof). Now that some of the kids are grown up and have moved out, we can assume they’re spending less than that.
JIM BOB INVESTS IN REAL ESTATE
Jim Bob currently works as a real estate agent and is actually pretty successful in his career. Most of his income was made from real estate investments. As a result of this work, plus other income streams, he ended up building a net worth of roughly $3.5 million.
BOOK SALES HELP THEM INCREASE THEIR INCOME
The family has also released numerous books. They include “The Duggars: 20 and Counting”, “Growing Up Duggar” (written by the Duggar daughters), and “A Love That Multiplies.” And fans are loving it - the books have brought in an almost five-star rating on Amazon.
INFLUENCER MARKETING MIGHT HELP PAY THE BILLS
We live in a world where social media is prevalent in almost everything we do. And the Duggars have taken advantage of this. The family uses social media as an additional source of income. Just like the Kardashians and Jenners, the family has jumped on the social media influencer marketing bandwagon. Of course, their social media platform of choice is Instagram. Fans have noticed this through their numerous posts that are obviously endorsed, according to The Hollywood Gossip. They include Chick-fil-A, IHOP, and Promised Land Milk.
THEY MAKE $15,000 OFF OF A SINGLE SPEAKING ENGAGEMENT
Jim Bob and Michelle are known for giving speeches and holding seminars. Some of their children speak at events, too. Apparently, Jim Bob has a minimum fee of about $15,000 per event. The amount has actually dropped down from $25,000 in 2015 when the show was on the air last year. The pair’s most recent speaking engagement was a seminar for Christian grandparents, which was part of The Heart of Grandparenting Conference.
THE FAMILY STARTED SEVERAL BUSINESSES
Before the show, the Duggars had something else on the side that helped them earn money - which is entrepreneurship. After Jim Bob and Michelle married each other, Jim Bob worked at a grocery store and Michelle worked at multiple jobs - including substitute teaching and serving as a Girl Scout leader. Later on, the two started a car lot business, then a towing business, which was sold after a couple of years.
JIM BOB’S EARNINGS TOOK AN UNEXPECTED HIT
Looking at his success today, it might be hard to imagine when Jim Bob was in a rough place. But, there was, in fact, a time where his earning took a hit. After In Touch reported that Josh Duggar, Michelle, and Jim Bob’s oldest son, had molested five girls when he was a teenager (some of his sisters were the victims), TLC made the decision to completely shut down the project. The network stopped airing reruns as well, so the family isn’t making money off of the show anymore. Because of this scandal, Jim Bob’s fee for speaking engagements suffered as well.
JIM BOB’S SUPPOSED SHOPPING HABIT
When you make as much as the Duggar’s have, it can be tempting to overspend. And this is exactly what one of the Duggar family members are dealing with. According to a source that’s close to the family, Jim Bob has a problem with compulsive shopping and is a hoarder who buys property at an alarming rate. Apparently, the reality star is cash poor. “Jim Bob has a lot of money in property. And he buys stuff, junk. He goes to these auctions and comes back with truckloads of chairs, and just whatever,” said the source.
WHAT THE REST OF THE DUGGARS DO FOR A LIVING
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Now that we know how these Duggars make a living, how do the rest of them get by? John-David works as a pilot and constable. He received his pilot’s license in 2012 and became a constable the following year for the Washington County police department. Jinger is a wedding photographer, Jeremiah, and Jedidiah work as interns, Josh works as a car salesman, and Joseph and Josiah work with Jim Bob in commercial real estate.
Now that we’ve seen how they currently make their money, we can’t help but wonder how much money their episodes brought in back in the day. So the question stands - how much money do the Duggars make per episode of “Counting On”? The family made a great fortune off of the series. Their hit reality show brought them in roughly $25,000 to $40,000 per episode, according to In Touch Weekly. Since one episode took about four days to film, the amount roughly translated to $6,250 to $10,000 a day.
With a family that big, it comes as no surprise that the couples have had to juggle multiple jobs at once. From making up to $10,000 a day, to having the show canceled so suddenly, the Duggar’s were more than likely struggling to make ends meet. But it looks like they managed to find a way out of it! Comment your opinions and make sure to share this article with your friends who love keeping up with the Duggars.