‘Counting On’: Jim Bob Duggar Revealed ‘Financial Problems’ and Losing His House Growing Up

TLC brought the Duggar family back for a brand new special in 2021. Counting On: A New Life featured an inside look into what the Duggars are up to now, and they talked plenty about celebrating Easter, welcoming Kendra Duggar’s new daughter, and their relationship with Christ. Jim Bob Duggar even went into personal details about his childhood. Here’s what he explained about his concerning financial situation.

Jim Bob Duggar discussed past ‘financial problems’ on ‘Counting On’

Duggar family member from 'Counting On' Michelle Duggar looking up at Jim Bob Duggar as he speaks into a microphone
Michelle (L) and Jim Bob Duggar from TLC’s ‘Counting On’ | Brendan Hoffman/Getty Images

Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar have 19 kids, and most of them are still featured on Counting On. While the Duggar family home is huge and they all seem to be doing quite well with the show and their own personal side hustles, they didn’t always have extra cash to spare. During the Counting On special, Jim Bob talked about growing up with financial woes.

“As I was growing up, we had a lot of financial problems,” Jim Bob explained. “We had a lot of struggles. At one point, we lost our house.”

Despite the rough patches, Jim Bob said his mother was always trusting in God that everything would turn out OK. “But Mom, through all this, she said, to my sister and I, ‘We really need to trust the lord, and the lord will get us through that,'” Jim Bob added. “And because of all of those very difficult situations, instead of destroying my faith, my faith grew. And I just really saw that God loved me, God had a plan for my life.”

Is Jim Bob Duggar rich? How much he’s worth today

Jim Bob certainly doesn’t have the financial troubles he did as a kid — and that goes for the rest of the Duggar family, too. Jim Bob and Michelle have a combined net worth of around $3.5 million today thanks to Counting On, their past TLC shows, book sales and tours, and their various businesses.

Even before having their own TLC show, Jim Bob and Michelle noted they lived debt-free, though they’re notorious for sticking to a strict budget. The couple reportedly first made money by selling used cars, and they ran a towing business together later on. Then, the two got into real estate. Today, their real estate business still gets plenty of attention from fans.

Duggar family fans know all about the strict Duggar budgets, though. The family’s famous for the phrase, “buy used and save the difference,” and Michelle often preached buying bulk groceries and only shopping second-hand.

How much is the Duggar family worth?

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Altogether, the Duggar family’s worth tens of millions. While fans might assume Jim Bob and Michelle bring home the most cash, this isn’t the case. Jinger Duggar might actually be the biggest breadwinner of the family.

Jinger lives in Los Angeles with her husband, Jeremy Vuolo. The couple still appears on Counting On, but Jinger’s also made strides in becoming a social media influencer. She and Jeremy started their own podcast and business, and Jinger’s teamed up with a number of sponsorships on Instagram. It’s difficult to say how successful Jinger really is, though, as a few sponsors have pulled their partnerships after learning about her association with the Duggars.

Even with the difficulties, she alone has a net worth of around $2 million.

We’re looking forward to more episodes of Counting On in the future!

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