Need Help With Amt to Pay Babysitter
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|Sat, 09-05-2009 - 7:48am|
I posted this on my July 08 Firecrackers Board but thought you ladies might have something helpful to say, too!
I really need suggestions on how much to pay our babysitter. Here are the details: my husband and I have been going to foster parent training 2x per week. Sarah comes here after work with me (about 5pm) and DH has dinner ready. We all eat and DH and I leave around 5:40pm. We get home around 9:05pm-9:15pm. It's 6 weeks long so 12 nights plus 1 extra class that we will get home around 8:15pm. So 13 nights total. Alexis was not good the first few weeks (crying almost the whole time we were gone). The last few weeks it's just crying as we leave, and then she's fine. She goes to bed around 8-8:30pm.
I practically begged my coworker to babysit b'cuz I didn't trust anyone else with Alexis. We're friendly, but we don't hang out or anything so we're not good friends I guess I'd say. When I asked her how much she wanted she said "I don't know - no one ever pays me to babysit." I told her I was definitely paying her, and I don't think she'll refuse the money or anything.
I just don't know how much to give her. We don't have a ton of money, but I want to make sure I give her enough. I gave her the choice of payments each night, each week, or at the end; she choose at the end. The only thing I've "paid" her is $2.60 in cold medicine and 1 lunch at Chipotle when she didn't have cash. Oh, and the 12 pack of Coke I bought her to drink with the dinners we feed her. That's it :)
Oh, and I live in Ohio so it's not like the cost of living is really high (like New York or Cali), but it's also not exceptionally low either. From what I found online, it's just under average.