Well we will also have to know just how many days per month Kate requires the "services" of her bodyguard, Steve. She pays him $1600 per day.
There is also the tuition for the private school the children attend. I am one of seven children and we all went to private school. I do know that most private schools give a reduced rate per each additional child that attends. So she wouldn't necessarily be paying 10-20K per year per child, but that school is costing quite the pretty penny.
We don't know if TLC bought the mansion. I have read that they did buy it for them but I have also read where the Gosselins had a mortgage on the place.
The 20K in child support that Jon pays monthly is in an escrow account. So she is definitely getting money for child support.
I would love to know just how much they did make from all those church speaking engagements, especially how much they raked in from the love offerings and photo selling sessions, which were cash transactions. They were doing that pretty much non-stop for a long time. Practically every weekend. After a while, they would only lecture at churches that paid them 25K! They canceled appearances at churches that couldn't come up with that kind of fee.
Then came the first book and the book tour, which I believe was mostly Kate's handling while Jon stayed home with the kids. And then the second book tour. Kate would be gone most of the month, with Steve in tow, on those occasions.
And then there is the show.....which paid them very well. And all the freebies that went along with it.
There has to be some rather sizable accounts for all they have earned off their children.
Crying poverty the way she is seems ridiculous to me. If her finances were so dire, the first thing she could do would be to downsize the house. Get a half million dollar home, on a smaller piece of land. Save some money there, less in taxes, less in upkeep, lawn services, etc.
And yeah, scale back on the mani/pedis, tannings, hair extensions, plastic surgery, and Starbucks too.