Tuesday, October 21

17 Kids and Counting: "Cheaper by the Duggars"

Last week I speculated that this week's episode, "Cheaper by the Duggars," would feature such money saving tips as shopping at Aldi's and thrift stores, and getting TLC to build your house. Well, two out of three right isn't bad! After hearing how all the kids' shoes have fallen apart (one girl had covered the heels of her boots with duct tap!), we saw Michelle take the younger boys shoe shopping at a thrift store. There are ten boys in this family. They left with thirty pairs of shoes. Is that three new pairs per person? Whatever, they were $1/pair. We saw the older girls making laundry soap, which they've been doing for a year now, after getting the recipe from another family. We saw Jim Bob collecting rent from one of their commercial properties, and he showed off their biggest money maker, the cell phone tower on their property. And he proudly proclaimed he had a full signal while standing nearby. Of course we saw the shopping trip to Aldi's, where they ignored the urine/bleach smell (at least if it's anything like the Aldi's by me) and bought $3000 worth of groceries in 11 shopping carts. Oh and also they were being followed by a Korean film crew, which the TLC crew was filming. They're being featured in Korea to inspire people to have kids, I guess, since they have a low birth rate. When Jim Bob met them, he said, he told them his was a "typical American family." Har har, Jim Bob. If that were true, why would they have chosen you out of the entire country? No, they realize you're abnormal, that's why your wife's on TV in Korea. A neighbor from town, Mr. Charlie (?), set up one long row of a vegetable garden for the Duggar kids to help tend and get some veggies from. They kept saying how they loved cucumbers, but I think we know from past Duggar specials that what they really love is pickles! Finally, the most shocking revelation in the entire show: the older Duggar girls perm their hair! Hello, what about your countenances, ladies? Anyway, pretty much everything they showed seems to be in response to various comments made on TWoP and elsewhere on the internet (especially Jim Bob interviewing on what he thinks their environmental impact is, but also "how do they get their income?" and "why don't they grown their own vegetables?"). If this trend holds, based on current TWoP discussion, we should see them doing some volunteer work in a future season of their show.

7 comments:

Sarah said...

I have a sneaking suspicion that they use leaves as Tampax....

Anonymous said...

Did anyone else notice that they went through this entire spew about making their own soap but sitting on their big fancy washers was DETERGENT in bottles (2 in fact).

Did anyone else notice the CORVETTE mr. Dugger was driving? Give me a break.

ledolcevita said...

I'm pretty certain those are there for advertisements in which companies PAY them to have them on camera, just like a commercial. You'd agree to that too, wouldn't you? They may also have other detergents for certain items or stains. Besides, who CARES if they use them or not, OR if they drive a corvette, they are giving tools on how to save money---some such as myself appreciate that! Besides, I'm sure you'd drive a corvette if you could too!

Anonymous said...

Personally for someone who seems to hate the Duggars so much, you seem to know a bit about their shows. If you paid attention they reuse empty detergent bottles. Now whether they bought them originally or got them from an ACUA or they were given to them is another matter. I think you need to get over your jealousy that this family managed to figure out the American dream, while you are probably stuck somewhere divorced with 2 kids, a dog that pees on your carpet, and a broke-down car.

Anonymous said...

The Corvette was most likely borrowed from Josh's car lot; It doesn't seem like a practical car that they would drive all the time. Personally, I give them a lot of credit for raising 18 kids without the debt that most people rack up by living the "normal" American lifestyle with one or two.

Anonymous said...

leave them ALONE okay i understand that you may sceam like you know them but you dont. They work hard for what they do, they do things that can help them in life. i shop at a thrift store all the time!!!! and i am a teenager yes you heard that correctly. I HAVE my own garden on my own will so if you were the least bit kind-enough leave them alone and stop saying mean things to them, they never did anything to you for you to say that.

Anonymous said...

We will not leave them alone, Anonymous. Josh is a molester, and the family is reaping the consequences of what they sewed.