Audiences have watched the Duggars over the years and have often wondered how they make this life of theirs work. Many people couldn’t even imagine what it might be like to have 19 children, it’s just beyond comprehension. There are groceries, clothing bills and finding a house big enough for everyone. How do they do it?
Watching them, it's clear that they are obsessed with certain products, but there are others that are "take it or leave it." Some things they need because they have such a huge household, while other things they tend to avoid.
Whatever they are doing, it’s working for them and it inspires people to be more thrifty in their lives. If you have ever wondered what kind of products the Duggars love to use then you have come to the right place. They aren’t always frugal either, there are some things that they are willing to splurge on. There are tons of surprising products on the list as well. Check out these 8 products the Duggars are using (and 12 they have been doing without).
20 Dependent On: Paul Mitchell Liquid Curl Definer
The one thing about the female Duggars is that they have good hair? It always looks well-kept and put together nicely. If you have ever wondered how they get it looking so wonderful, they have some YouTube tutorials that walk you through how they style their hair. You may have seen some of Jessa Duggar’s videos already. One product Jessa swears by is Paul Mitchell Liquid Curl Definer and that’s why you always see Jinger and Jessa with fantastic curls. The best part about it is these products are very inexpensive and you can find it at any drug store.
19 Dependent On: My Brest Friend Nursing Pillow
A nursing pillow can be a real lifesaver for anyone that chooses to breastfeed their child. We know all the Duggars have done it and they swear by the My Brest Friend nursing pillow. They like to bond with their children in any way possible and when it comes to talking things out, Jim Bob says it’s crucial. “If we see something happening, like an attitude change, we’ll ask them, ‘Hey, is there something going on that you haven’t told mom and dad about?’ For the children to know that there’s a safe place to share their heart is priceless.”
18 Doing Without: Grocery Stores
If you have a family as big as theirs, you need to learn to buy in bulk to save yourself some money. Budgeting can really help you out a lot when you have so many mouths to feed. Impulse purchases can be dangerous, because going too far over budget, can really hurt you. The Duggars can easily spend up to $3000 a month on groceries. "For groceries, we mainly shop at discount grocery stores, warehouse clubs, and co-ops," Duggar explained. "You can save thousands of dollars by doing just that. We buy mostly in bulk and stock up once a month on staples like butter, cereal, and oats--it's just cheaper. And then I go back every three or four days to get our fresh produce."
17 Dependent On: Aussie Instant Hair Freeze Hair Spray
If you love curling your hair, then you know you need some good hairspray to make sure those curls stay in place. The Duggar girls swear by Aussie Instant Hair Freeze Hair Spray, and you know when the title has “freeze” in it, it’s going to stay put. Their tutorials are very easy to follow and will help you if you struggle with getting your hair to look as polished as they do. One thing that the girls believe in is always taking care of your appearance and presenting yourself in a way that is pleasing to your husband.
16 Dependent On: Britax Car Seats
Car seats are so important when it comes to protecting our children while driving. The car seat of choice for the Duggars is a Britax Car Seat. Protecting your child is important but preserving their memories is just as important. “[Babies] pretty much eat and sleep, and they’re just not awake for a whole lot of time. Take lots of pictures and make a lot of sweet memories of that special time.” So, the advice here is to get yourself a good car seat and a camera as well. You won’t regret it.
15 Doing Without: Home Furnishings
You might be surprised to learn that the Duggars even buy their home furnishings used. They are on a tight budget and that means they can’t go out and purchase brand new furniture. They will hit up the thrift shops when they need new items for the home. "If our couch wears out, I know I've got $65.00 to spend on a couch and we'll look around. In the meantime, if our couch falls apart, we'll take it out and just sit on the carpet for a while. It's no big deal. I don't feel like I need to meet the status quo,” Michelle told TLC.
14 Dependent On: King James Version (KJV) of the Bible
Due to their religion and way of life, a Bible is a pretty important item in the Duggar home. Every one of the family members has a bible of their own and it’s usually the King James Version (KJV) of the Bible. It’s one of the more high-quality brands but you can still get them for an affordable price. If you have ever wondered what verse is Jim Bob’s favorite, it’s “Romans 8:28 - One of the fundamental truths in the Christian life is to realize as we are seeking God, He promises to work ALL things together for good. This means we need to learn to thank God for everything that happens in our lives, good or bad because in the end, everything will work out for our good.”
13 Dependent On: Promised Land Chocolate Milk
Chocolate milk is a must-have in the Duggar household especially if you have pregnancy cravings. Jill Duggar, who now lives with her husband, felt deep chocolate cravings when she was pregnant. She especially likes Promised Land Chocolate Milk. Jill got spoiled by her husband after a shopping trip when she was craving some chocolate milk. “@derickdillard #besthubbyintheworld went grocery shopping for us last night and came home and surprised me with my favorite #chocolatemilk #promiselanddairy Thanks babe! Love you tons!!!” Jill captioned the social media pic. She sure looks happy in this photo.
12 Doing Without: Credit Cards
The Duggars are against using credit cards and the parents have taught their children that credit cards should be used for emergencies only. “We've taught our kids when you buy something on credit, you ending up paying three times as much for it," Michelle Duggar said. "Whereas, if you pay cash, the asking price is exactly the price you'll pay. If you don't have the cash, set aside $5 a week, and you know you'll have money when an emergency situation comes up." The family literally pays cash for everything, not just groceries.
11 Dependent On: Indulgent Vacations
One thing that the Duggars splurge on are vacations, especially honeymoons. Six of the family members are now married and that’s a lot of weddings to pay for. It seems over the years that the honeymoons have gotten even more lavish than the last one. Both Jill and Josh Duggar rented their own beach house in North and South Carolina for their separate honeymoons. But Jessa got to spend her honeymoon in Paris and Italy which is a huge splurge. Jinger went even further by spending some time with kangaroos in Australia. Kendra and Joseph Duggar spent her honeymoon in Greece which is also lovely.
10 Dependent On: Suave Dry Shampoo
Seriously, who doesn’t love dry shampoo? It can really get you through a hectic day. The dry shampoo of choice for the Duggar girls is Suave Dry Shampoo and it’s once again a bargain brand that you can get at any drugstore. If you watch any of the YouTube videos, you can see that they talk about how you don’t have to go out and spend money on expensive products to have nice hair. Now that the girls are getting married off, they are learning how different life can be. “There are a lot of things that seem different than I thought they would be. I have just asked my mom a lot of questions about what is normal and what to expect.”
9 Doing Without: Laundry Soap
We can’t even imagine the kind of laundry that is done in their household, it must be endless. We can see that they have multiple washers and dryers which would totally make sense. We could only image how much they spend on laundry detergent, but you might be surprised to learn that it’s only $1 a month. That’s because they make their own laundry detergent. "It costs $2 to make 10 gallons of laundry detergent that will last us 2 months," she said. "We spend $1 a month on laundry detergent." That’s not the only homemade item they make as well. "We also have recipes for homemade laundry soap and homemade wet wipes," he said. "We've saved a lot of money that way."
8 Dependent On: Coffee And Lots Of It
The entire family is very serious about coffee and we see them drinking a lot of it. We can see why since they have claimed to not be morning people. We hear you! "I believe if God wanted us to see the sunrise, He would have scheduled it later on in the day," says Jessa. They are really serious about it. Jinger is probably the biggest coffee drinker in the family. She loves coffee so much that when it came time for her to get married, she had people toss coffee beans at her instead of rice.
7 Dependent On: Makeup Of Their Choice
One thing that seemed to surprise fans over the years is how much makeup the Duggar girls used. Considering how strict Jim Bob is about what is appropriate for young ladies, we would have thought that makeup would be banned. The women of the house are actually encouraged to style their hair and to put makeup on. The sisters have said that they are encouraged to follow a beauty regime. Make-up “honors the Lord,” the sisters explained to Us Weekly saying that it enhances the features they were given. We couldn’t agree more, we love makeup!
6 Doing Without: Brand New Cars
You are unlikely to ever see a Duggar driving around in a brand new vehicle, it’s just not practical for them. "We try to get bargains on everything. We even buy our cars used because there is such a high depreciation on them," Michelle Duggar told TLC. "We've never bought a new vehicle," Jim Bob told Parenting Magazine. "We've always bought used vehicles. We buy them at an auction, wholesale. We can drive them for several years and turn around and get our money back out of them." They have even purchased a bus before that fit the whole family.
5 Dependent On: 1 Inch Conair Curling Iron
The curling iron of choice that the girls like to use is a 1-inch barrel Conair Curling Iron. It’s another affordable brand that can be purchased at any drug store or Walmart. They are thrifty girls and if you want a bargain you can follow the products that they use. You can purchase these curling irons for between $30-50 depending on the style. It just goes to show that you don’t need a professional brand in order to create amazing curls. If you are looking for gorgeous curls like Jessa’s, then you should grab up this iron.
4 Dependent On: WholesomeWear Bathing Suits
This particular bathing suit just looks like it would be a nightmare on a hot day. The bathing suits that the girls have worn growing up are definitely modest. Michelle and Jim Bob are so insistent on the girls containing their purity that they would have them wear full body bathing suits made by WholeseomeWear. Some of the girls, since they have been married, have been seen wearing bikinis, so you know that they are making their own judgment calls now. If their husbands are fine with it, then it’s okay for them to wear it.
3 Doing Without: Name Brand Clothing
One thing is for sure, with all those people in the house, you can’t be buying designer clothes. The kids don’t seem to mind going to thrift stores and getting what they need. They do prove that you don’t have to have expensive items to look good. They are glad to be able to inspire others. “We pray that as people watch our lives, they see that we are not a perfect family. We have challenges and struggles every day. It is one of the reasons we treasure our faith so much because God’s kindness and goodness and forgiveness are extended to us – even though we are so undeserving.”
2 Dependent On: Radiant Heat Flooring
One thing that they are willing to splurge on is adding radiant heat flooring to their homes when they build them. They are all good workers because for the most part, they do all the work themselves. The reason that they decided to go with radiant heat is because in the long-term it will save them money. "When we built our current home, we installed a radiant heat floor before we poured our concrete. The hot water runs through pipes in it during the winter, and it heats the whole house. Installing that was really something!”
1 Dependent On: Investment Properties
Many people have wondered over the years how the Duggars have managed to raise 19 children and remain debt free. A lot of their income comes from the investment properties that Jim Bob has purchased over the years. They claim that they got their financial independence from a financial freedom seminar they went to some 25 years ago. The Today Show stated, "both Duggars are real estate agents, and both also host Bible-based “Financial Freedom Seminars.” Their knowledge of investment properties has also helped their children to live the same lifestyle and work towards financial freedom.