How much do you pay your babysitter? When I was a teenager and I used to babysit, I had one family that I loved to sit for because their daughters were super adorable and well behaved and fun and their parents paid me $5 an hour. Back then that was a lot of money for me who was only about 13 or 14-years-old at the time.
When I had my own kids I quickly realized just how expensive paying a babysitter could get! Because I have four kids I often found us just staying home on the weekends or waiting until a family member could watch our kids because it would cost more to pay a babysitter than it would to go to dinner or a movie. It was fun to have a night out, but not so fun to shell out an extra $60 on top of what we paid for the dinner or movie.
Personally I think babysitting rates have gotten a bit out of hand lately, and I’m talking about the teenager who comes over and sits on your couch and eats your chips while you see a movie, not the daycare providers who care for our kids all day long (they’re worth every penny!).