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How much should you pay for a babysitter?
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18 Apr 2009, 01:28
septemberocio
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So, I'm having an 18 year old take care of my son tonight. She will be staying here at my parents house but she will be the primary caregiver. I have known her since she was born, and she wanted to take care of Evan, and had been asking me. So, She will be babysitting saturday night from 8:30pm until he falls asleep. Her being a family friend (We're like cousins) she doesn't care about the "price" and says she will be happy with $5.00. But, yeah right.

What amount is appropriate for this night? I have NO idea, as my only babysitter has been my MOM and I give her what i can.


What is something reasonable?
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18 Apr 2009, 01:33
.xoxo
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When I used to babysit I would get anywhere from 20-40 a night depending on the kids and how long it would be, or how the kids were like if the parents knew they weren't the best kids to babysit they would give me a little more lol.
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18 Apr 2009, 04:07
~alex
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I babysat 3 kids two fo them were 1 (twins) the oldest was 6...i charged 8 an hour she gave me 10. 5 sounds fine but if it ends up being like 2 hours or like 3 add on another 5 like a bonus idk thats wat i would do. Pay the babysitter well and ull have her permanently
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18 Apr 2009, 21:00
Lady Elphaba
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10 an hour, which is about $14/15 (according to the currency converter) ;D
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18 Apr 2009, 21:18
septemberocio
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15 dollars an hour? What the.. hahaha that's a load. She's not proffesional or anything. That's what I'd pay a pro! Thanks sweetie :)
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18 Apr 2009, 23:41
something amazing.
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Yeah, you'd be surprised how much a pro can make. I could make bank when working for this one babysitting agency. Sometimes parents would bring all their kids to one house, but I'd still make pay from each of the parents. I could make up to 50/hr on some jobs for only watching 5 kids. It was the best. :) Too bad the lady running the agency never saw that I had a life, and would book me for jobs without telling me first. I had to quit which sucked. I haven't made that good of money in so long!
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19 Apr 2009, 15:45
canceroustears
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Wow! I think I'm in the wrong job field lol.
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19 Apr 2009, 11:37
Lady Elphaba
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Oh, lol ;D The prices must be well different here.
Most of my friends charge around 8-10 an hour :)
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18 Apr 2009, 22:01
chelseaz
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I'd usually just get how ever much at the end of the night. Somewhere between $20-$40.
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18 Apr 2009, 23:05
grunge.
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When I babysat, I used to get paid 5.00 an hour, when I was 14. I babysat for a rich woman before however and got paid 9.00$ an hour, I really loved that!
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20 Apr 2009, 19:09
Bloop Book Club
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When I babysat, I got paid between 7-9 dollars an hour, depending how long they were gone and how many children I was watching. Babies, I got paid more for because they demand more of your attention. Honestly, I think anywhere from 6-8 is reasonable.
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18 Apr 2009, 01:37
Fam!lyTimes6
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I agree with .xoxo Thats what I used to get paid for babysitting a night. Now for like a full time babysitting job, I paid a girl 100 a week to watch my son for like 40 hours a week.not too bad,I just didnt want to pay her the same as a day care.lol. She didn't mind. lol.He 'was' an easy kid to take care of.Now a days, if someone were to watch him, it would def. be more, he's a lil devil. lol
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18 Apr 2009, 01:48
septemberocio
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Yeah, exactly not like a daycare. But 20-40 sounds reasonable. I think. Right? hahaha
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18 Apr 2009, 03:56
Fam!lyTimes6
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I would say so.'ll watch him for that!....What time are u leaving and where are u located...Ill be there asap...lmao
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18 Apr 2009, 01:58
Beautiful Lies
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Jesus, when I used to babysit I got $4.50/hr, but was told not to ask for anything more than $3/hr. I feel ancient now.
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18 Apr 2009, 02:02
something amazing.
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When I was in middle school I made a dollar an hour per kid. So for one kid it was a dollar an hour and for four kids it was 4 dollars an hour.

Now I make 400 a week watching one child for 40 hours and my base price for babysitting is 10/hr for one child, plus an additional 2 dollars an hour per kid. If she only wants 5 bucks for the night, that's very sweet, but I would definitely give her at least 20 if you're going to be gone for more than just a couple hours.
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18 Apr 2009, 02:03
annababe • •
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I make 7.00 per hour for two - three kids all under 5.
Assuming your son will be sleeping by about 10, I'd think $20 would be fine.
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18 Apr 2009, 02:05
.love.struck.
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My friend is a preschool teacher and a babysitter on the weekends. She says she charges between $20-50 for the day or depending how long she is watching the child. She watches one kid practially all weekend and gets $200. Not bad. I wish I had patience for children sometimes.
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18 Apr 2009, 02:23
Lauren.
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What .xoxo said. When I babysat, I would get $20-40 per night. If it was more than one, I'd still get around $30-40 per night.
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18 Apr 2009, 04:18
Jessica [Private]
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My boss usually pays me $2/3 an hour to watch her two kids. Mainly because her daughter is ten, so I'm pretty much just watching her baby [six months old.]. And it's usually at night, so he goes to sleep a few hours after I get to her house.
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18 Apr 2009, 04:31
BeautifulBrownEyes
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I pay my babysitter $8/hr for two kids. At the same time, she's 25. When I had the neighbor girl (13) I paid her $5/hr. I think level of experience accounts for something.
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18 Apr 2009, 17:27
septemberocio
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thanks everyone :)
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18 Apr 2009, 17:37
Catch May If You Can
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i got paid $8 plus tip if they had any extra money XD

they were rich, so i always got more
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19 Apr 2009, 12:41
sumamen
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I babysit 2 children during the day. I charge $100.00 a week for one that I only watch 4 days a week...and $150.00 for the one I watch all week.

Unless I have to provide diapers or something that the mother forgets to bring..then I charge for those items.
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19 Apr 2009, 15:46
canceroustears
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I would say probably between $15-$20 for the night.
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