Many Counting On fans wonder how Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar make enough money to provide for their 19 kids. While fans know they have been bringing in money from their TLC shows for years, taking care of 19 kids isn’t cheap. So, how do the Duggars pay for everything?
How much money do Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar make per episode of Counting On?
InTouch Weekly reports that the family earns $25,000 to $40,000 per episode. In some cases, episodes may take several days to film. While this might sound like a good amount of money, you have to remember that Jim Bob and Michelle have 19 kids to take care of. So, $25,000 to $40,000 per episode may not last them too long.
In the past, Jim Bob has been called out for not giving the kids the money they earned from being on the show. It sounds like Jim Bob receives the check rather than giving the kids separate paychecks. It’s unclear how exactly the money is divided up among the huge family.
What are their other sources of income?
Of course, Jim Bob and Michelle haven’t always had their own TV show as a way to make money. So, throughout their lives, they’ve found other ways to pay the bills. When they were young and first got married, Jim Bob worked at a grocery store. Michelle also worked early in their marriage as both a Girl Scout leader and a substitute teacher. Later, the couple opened a car lot and a towing business together.
According to the Duggar Family Fan Blog, they also got into real estate. Now, Jim Bob, Michelle, and a few of their sons buy and sell real estate.
As we previously reported, Jim Bob has a net worth of $3.5 million. He’s also been an author and was even involved in politics. It’s possible that his entrepreneurial success has brought him some wealth.
Though caring for 19 kids wasn’t cheap, the family found a way to make it work. They bought food in bulk and purchased clothing from thrift stores. Their motto is “buy used and save the difference,” which seemed to help them out.
So, did you know how Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar of TLC’s Counting On made their money? Do you like learning more about them? Let us know in the comments below.
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