Jill Duggar’s Instagram Followers Think She’s Taking ‘Advantage’ of Store Freebies
While fans anxiously await the announcement of another season of Counting On, we’re still keeping up with the Duggars via social media — and a lot has occurred in recent times. Jessa just had her first daughter, many of the other family members are pregnant, and Jinger is gearing up for her big move to Los Angeles. And while Jill Duggar is no longer featured on TLC (she can thank her husband, Derick Dillard, for that), she still has a loyal following via social media.
Jill has plenty of fans, of course, but she also receives a ton of backlash for her social media posts. And most recently, fans are calling her out for getting free food.
The Duggars are known for their thrifty ways
The Duggars may have money now thanks to their tenure on TV, but that wasn’t always the case. With Jim Bob in politics and Michelle being a stay-at-home mother to 19, the couple had to get creative when the kids were young to make sure everyone was dressed, fed, and happy. And they’ve been quite open with sharing the money-saving tactics in the past.
Romper notes the Duggars lived by a hard budget of $3,000 for food, and they shopped in bulk for as much as they possibly could. Michelle has also mentioned that she would bake her own bread and buy whole-grain goods in bulk for nutritious and money-saving meals.
As for clothing, we recall seeing the Duggars frequent thrift stores for all of their needs as well. As Michelle once shared on her TLC blog, “We teach our 19 kids to be responsible about money. And when they’ve saved up for something we encourage them to see if they can find it on Craigslist or in a thrift store, or just be patient to see if it goes on sale before buying it new.”
Jill has shown her family participating in events for free food before
Michelle and Jim Bob’s thrifty ways have worn off on their kids. Jill Duggar is frequently posting her favorite family recipes on her blog and Instagram — and the recipes typically contain many low-cost, canned ingredients she most likely grew up eating. Not only that, but Jill has also posted photos of her, Derick, and her two sons participating in free food events to get a good deal.
In July 2018, Jill shared a photo of her family in cow-spotted outfits to celebrate Chick-fil-A’s Cow Appreciation Day. On this day, you show up to a Chick-fil-A location in your best cow outfit and get to enjoy a free entree. While some fans thought the concept was cute (and it’s well-documented how much the restaurant is loved amongst the entire Duggar family), others found it cringe-worthy that Jill and Derick would do this just to save a buck. “Can I just say that Derick must really be a pushover that he is willing to do this, because I know my husband would NEVER do something like this,” one of her followers commented on the photo.
Fans just called her out for getting free donuts from Krispy Kreme
It was recently National Donut Day, and Jill was quick to celebrate with Derick and the kids with some free donuts from Krispy Kreme. She posted this photo to Instagram of the sweet moment — but a few of her fans were quick to criticize how she’s always taking advantage of freebies when they’re available.
As one of her followers commented, “Did you buy anything? I’m all for freebies – but at least buy a coffee or something. It’s annoyingly when you, your family and extended family take advantage of these places and ruin it for the rest of us.” The same poster then elaborated, “Why does it ruin my experience? Because when you get 20+ meals for free for ONE family and don’t buy anything, corporations are a lot less likely to offer it to those of us who don’t abuse freebies.”
Many thought the photos were cute and shut down the hate, however, so not everyone’s offended by Jill’s choice of attaining free food when it’s offered. Judging from her past behavior, it seems she won’t be stopping, either.
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