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Old Feb 9th, 2011, 20:25 PM   1
honeygrl
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Fair price for a babysitter?


I am using a baby sitter for the first time ever and have NO clue what a fair price would be! She is keeping my 10 month old from 7:45am to 5pm this Saturday and Sunday. The daycare he goes to occasionally charges $34 per day (that would be about $21 British pounds) but of course that's entirely too low because they have lots of kids and it's during the week. She's keeping him in her home while I work. I will only be making $80/day myself so I have to keep that in mind too so that I'm not working for nothing.

Even if I do end up basically working for nothing though I have to do it because it's my family's florist and it's valentines day weekend so no matter what I HAVE to be there even if I lose money on it. My husband is working that day too so we'll have his income that day on top of what I make.

I just really don't want her to feel cheated but at the same time I don't want to overpay either!



 
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Old Feb 9th, 2011, 20:56 PM   2
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Im a nursery nurse and I used to babysit for some parents whilst they went out. If I was babysitting for a few hours I would get between 20 to 50 pounds. It just depends though as some people are better off than others. I once babysat for a parent who was due her baby she went into labour and I went round to babysit her 1 year old stayed overnight and took her to nursery with me in the morning and they paid me 100 which to be honest was too much in my opinion. Also im in the uk so moneys different. Just do what you can afford im sure the person babysitting will be grateful for any money hope this helps a bit x



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Old Feb 9th, 2011, 21:39 PM   3
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It depends on the going rate in your area & if its a high-school girl vs. grown-up. I would call other parents in your neighborhood and ask around.



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Old Feb 9th, 2011, 22:56 PM   4
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It depends on the going rate in your area & if its a high-school girl vs. grown-up. I would call other parents in your neighborhood and ask around.
No one I know uses a sitter. LOL I think I am going to just pay her $50 and hope for the best. I guess if it's not enough then it's her fault for refusing to give me a number and insisting that whatever i think is best will be fine! I tried to explain to her that I really had no clue but she wouldn't give a number. If my husband and I make more than we expect over the weekend I can always tip a little more in the end since she is my son's favorite person at the daycare and seems to really know how to handle him.



 
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Old Feb 9th, 2011, 23:38 PM   5
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I occasionally sit for a little boy in the evening and I get paid $10/hour. I think that's what she would pay me even if it was for a whole day.



 
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Old Feb 10th, 2011, 00:34 AM   6
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well minimum wage is $7.25ph, in a job like babysitting its normally slightly less then minimum wage, so $5ph hour would probably be sufficient.

which means 7:45am - 5pm = 9 hours 15 minutes,

you should always round up if the time is not a full hour so you would pay her for 10 hours, 10 x $5 = $50

so your about right.



 
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