“19 Kids and Counting” fans are worried about the Duggar family’s bank account. The group recently added a “Support” button to their YouTube channel, asking viewers to help them “make more fresh quality content.” This isn’t the first time the family has asked for donations in recent weeks. Jill (Duggar) Dillard and her husband Derrick asked fans for financial support while they’re on a mission trip in Central America. According to OK! Magazine, the family lost more than $25 million in contracts after TLC canceled their reality show. However, it doesn’t seem like they’re quite as broke as some reports claim.
Although their show was canceled, the Duggar clan still lead very public lives. Based on where they’ve been seen and what they’ve put on social media, it doesn’t look like they’re penniless. After nine seasons of a successful TV show, it’s likely they saved up quite a bit. Check out four facts that indicate that the Duggars are doing just fine financially:
1. Speaking Engagements – The Duggars haven’t lost every contract. Jessa (Duggar) Seewald and her husband Ben are headed out on tour. They’ll join Southern Women’s Shows in four cities during the fall. While the numbers haven’t been released, the couple is likely getting a hefty appearance fee. They also appeared at several Southern Women’s Shows earlier this year. In addition, Jill, Jessa, Ben and Derrick appeared at Alive Festival, a Christian music festival, just a month after Josh Duggar’s molestation scandal. It seems there is still a demand for some of the family, even after the cancellation.
2. Constant Travel – Airplane tickets aren’t cheap. Several family members are expected to attend Michael Bates’, star of UPtv’s “Bringing Up Bates,” wedding in Tennessee where Jana will serve as a bridesmaid next month. The Duggar boys also went camping at Oshkosh Airshow in Wisconsin recently.
3. Recreational Activities – If the family was pinching pennies, they probably wouldn’t go out to eat and do expensive activities. Even when Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar don’t take all of their children, they still take a very large group. They recently went to High Rise Extreme Sports in Arkansas where a one hour ticket costs $13. The family brought over 20 people, meaning they spent at least a couple hundred dollars on the recreational activity. The family has also posted photos of themselves going out to dinner and other activities where, when considering how large the family is, they have to be spending hundreds of dollars.
4. Anniversary Presents – Jim Bob and Michelle celebrated their 31st wedding anniversary on July 21. To celebrate, Jim Bob had a ring made especially for his wife with the birthstones of all 19 of their children. Custom jewelry with 19 different stones isn’t an expense that someone going broke would be able to afford. Watch Jim Bob give Michelle her ring below: