It makes me angry when people use "Duggarisms" that are generally good and then throw them back in their face. For instance: "buy used and save the difference." The Duggars still do that, even though they are now famous and even though they now make more money than they used to. Why? Because even though they make more money, they still have a growing family and they still have growing needs and a need to budget properly.
I read on another blog the other day someone complaining that Michelle buying brand new layette items for Jordyn's birth was such a disgrace and they were so phony and their "buy used and save the difference" was such a lie. I would like to point out that buying brand new things for Jordyn's birth was actually something special Jim Bob did for Michelle because they both thought that it would probably be her last pregnancy. And if you'll remember during that episode as she was oooing and aahhhing over everything and wanting to buy out the entire store, Jim Bob did in fact mutter those famous words "umm what happened to buy used and save the difference?" This person also complained about the family buying each child a brand new bike in one episode. That was also a special event--I believe, and correct me if I'm wrong--was it Christmas? It was some holiday they bought each child a brand new bike. And they did make a HUGE deal out of it and made sure to remind the viewers and the kids that "this never ever happens."
So let's point out that those are the only two events I can remember them buying new items. We saw Josh and Anna buying something new--it turned out to be Joy Anna's birthday present given to her in the episode previous (bad editing.) Otherwise we've seen Michelle take the boys out shopping for used shoes and we've seen Jim Bob take the boys out to buy a used bunk bed---to replace bunk beds that DID NOT come from TLC's massive shopping spree when they bought furniture for their house. Jim Bob did say that the bunk bed they were replacing was over 10 years old--therefor it came from their old house, so not all the furniture that was moved in came as a gift from TLC or TLC's contacts.
Other people pointed out that the kitchen appliances were new---those were gifts from a contact that the designer had--the fancy NY designer. Jim Bob himself knows how to work a deal. We've seen him go in and get a deal for tires, installations, and hotel deals. He has taught us how to work auctions and price down retail. We also saw the women go to a used baby sale. Just because they have more money doesn't mean they are spending it on brand new things.
However, it wouldn't surprise me that on birthdays and holidays new items were given as gifts. Afterall, they aren't "cheap" they are frugal. There is a difference :)