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October 3rd, 2007, 07:01 AM
PeanutandPiglet'sMom's Avatar Platinum Supermommy
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If you have one that is!

How much do you pay a babysitter in your area?

I'm thinking about putting a note up at the highschool to see if anyone in my neighborhood is available to babysit occasionally and I'm wondering what I should put as the "salary".

I have family around but sometimes...I'd like to go out with family and leave the kids home, you know?

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October 3rd, 2007, 07:35 AM
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I don't have an answer, so I'm curious, too.

we usually use my parents, DH's parents or my sister, who never ask for payment.

the other day, however, i recruited two of the neighborhood girls, 12 and 13 years old. It's kind of a pain to run Ry 30 minutes away to go the doctor that is right here where I am or 30 min in the other direction.

I told them to tell me their price . . . they told me it would be their pleasure to watch him and they'd do it for free. Sweet girls! Of course I will compensate them.

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October 3rd, 2007, 08:23 AM
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I don't have a babysitter neither but I would love to find one. Let me know girls if you find out how much their asking??


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October 3rd, 2007, 09:25 AM
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We have someone who comes to the house for 1 hour each day to get Alexis off the bus and watch her until dh gets home. We pay her $50 a week. On the occasional night out where family doesn't watch her, we pay $20-50 depending on how long we are gone. I believe the going rate per hour around here is anywhere from $5-10 per hour depending on age and how many kids. We pay the $10 an hour because Alexis is special needs and we wanted to get better sitters. Alexis is being watched by an older woman who used to work at her daycare, so she knows what type of needs Alexis has and we were willing to pay the extra to have her.
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