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Breakfast with the Duggars: What it takes to feed 19 kids

April 9, 2012 at 7:07 AM ET

Hey mom, what's for breakfast? When it comes to feeding 19 children, the Duggars say it's all about meal planning -- and buying in bulk. They spend about $3,000 a month on groceries, Michelle Duggar told TODAY's Savannah Guthrie, who visited for breakfast Monday. They do one big monthly grocery shopping, plus weekly shopping to tide them over.

Here's a grocery list for the food it takes to feed the Duggar family for one -- yes, one -- typical day.

Duggar shopping list:

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Duggar kids line up and serve themselves, buffet-style, for breakfast.

3 dozen eggs
5 lbs turkey bacon
20 biscuits
10 oranges
4 lbs. grapes
3 loaves whole wheat bread
4 lbs sloppy joe meat
3 lbs. green beans
3 lbs. potatoes
2 watermelons 
2 family size bags lettuce
4 lbs. spaghetti noodles
3 loaves french bread
2 pans brownies
1 gallon vanilla ice cream

Hungry?

The Duggars, who live in Arkansas and star in the TLC reality series "19 Kids and Counting," have 19 children aged 2 through 24: Joshua, Jana, John-David, Jill, Jessa, Jinger, Joseph, Josiah, Joy-Anna, Jedidiah, Jeremiah, Jason, James, Justin, Jackson, Johannah, Jennifer, Jordyn-Grace and Josie. (Savannah remembered all their names... could you?)

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Pillowfight! The Duggar boys cut loose.
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TODAY's Savannah Guthrie joins the Duggars for breakfast.
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