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Inside the super-sized life of TLC's Duggar family: By the numbers
To feed their 19 children, the Arkansas family spends $3,000 a month on groceries, chowing through 48 boxes of cereal and more than 1,000 eggs
The Duggar family of TLC's "19 Kids and Counting" consumes three dozen eggs, three loaves of bread, and five pounds of turkey bacon in a typical day.
The Duggar family of TLC's "19 Kids and Counting" consumes three dozen eggs, three loaves of bread, and five pounds of turkey bacon in a typical day.
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aising even one or two children can be a daunting endeavor for parents, which perhaps explains the mystification of many Americans that Michelle and Jim Bob Duggar manage to rear a brood of 19 kids. NBC's Today is pulling back the curtain a bit on the already exposed stars of TLC's 19 Kids and Counting, and according to the Arkansas couple, their parenting feat is less a miracle than it is a product of good planning and teamwork. Here, a numerical look at the Duggars' "super-sized" household:

21
Members of the nuclear family, including 19 kids (age 2 to 24)

18
Children who still live at home

9
Girls who share one bedroom

9
Boys who share another bedroom

9
Bathrooms in the house

1
Room used as a "post office" to sort the family mail

1
Super-sized family closet

4
Years it took for the Duggars to build their own house

3 to 6
Hours of daily homeschooling for each kid

8
Cars (2), SUVs (5), and vans (1) the family owns, all purchased used

45
Length, in feet, of the family bus

35
Loads of laundry the family does each week

$3,000
The family's average monthly grocery bill

48
Boxes of cereal the family eats each month

36
Eggs the Duggars go through in a typical day. (That's more than 1,000 per month.)

5
Pounds of turkey bacon consumed in a typical day

3
Loaves of bread consumed in a typical day

2
Watermelons consumed in a typical day

3
Pounds of green beans consumed in a typical day

2
Pans of brownies consumed in a typical day

1
Gallon of vanilla ice cream consumed in a typical day

17
Michelle's age when she married Jim Bob

19
Jim Bob's age when he married Michelle

Sources: Babble, Examiner, Huffington Post, NBC Today

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