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Sitters! What would you charge? Always♥Faithful 2 kids; CHERRY POINT, North Carolina 21738 posts
Apr 11th '12

My friend needs a sitter from the 11th-15th next month. I will be watching her 5 year old son all of those days straight while she has to go out of town.



She said she will pay me, and to let her know how much I would charge. She is a good friend of mine so I want to give her a break, but also I don't want to sell myself short either bc with my husband getting out of the military soon,I could really use some extra cash.



What would you charge?

The Icebox {MBRD} 17 kids; New Mexico 18574 posts
Apr 11th '12

I'd probably tell her $200. That's 50 a day, seems pretty reasonable.

3Lsmomma Due September 22 (boy); 3 kids; 1 angel baby; Oklahoma 2826 posts
Apr 11th '12

I don't know... 100? To feed, bathe, and entertain him while she is gone.

user banned 2 kids; New York 34017 posts
Apr 11th '12

200 bucks.

Good Queen Bess Due December 27; 2 kids; Ontario 49484 posts
Apr 11th '12

If she is a good friend, I would charge $25 per day to cover food.

Always♥Faithful 2 kids; CHERRY POINT, North Carolina 21738 posts
Apr 11th '12

Thanks ladies, I was thinking $200 too.

MamaTiffy TTC since Oct 2014; 3 kids; 1 angel baby; Sunnyvale, CA, United States 8769 posts
Apr 11th '12

Someone in the childcare field would typically charge a minimum of 75-100 per day (given that the child will probably be awake requiring care for 14 out of those 24 hours) If they were to pay hourly around here the average is $10-15 per hour. But being that she is a good friend $200 seems fair.



Also if he's in school/kindergarten you'll have him even less hours

Always♥Faithful 2 kids; CHERRY POINT, North Carolina 21738 posts
Apr 11th '12
Quoting Alyssa's mommy [EBFT]:" Someone in the childcare field would typically charge a minimum of 75-100 per day (given that the child ... [snip!] ... hour. But being that she is a good friend $200 seems fair. Also if he's in school/kindergarten you'll have him even less hours"


He doesn't start school until August, so I will have him all day.

hobbit* 3 kids; New Zealand 44783 posts
Apr 11th '12

Enough to cover food, maybe a few DVD rentals and to take him to the movies or something. I have no idea on how many dollars since I live in another country but 200 sounds like a lot. But if that's reasonable to most people then cool. I wouldn't charge my good friend for baby sitting if she's the type of friend that would return the favour.

ma ♥ 1 child; California 63053 posts
Apr 11th '12

200 seems outrageous IMO. Yes I know it's cheap compared to centers... but if my good friend was going to charge me 200 bucks to watch my kid for 5 days, I would be shocked.



Will you be watching him at your house or hers?

Always♥Faithful 2 kids; CHERRY POINT, North Carolina 21738 posts
Apr 11th '12

<blockquote><b>Quoting ma ♥:</b>" 200 seems outrageous IMO. Yes I know it's cheap compared to centers... but if my good friend was going ... [snip!] ... going to charge me 200 bucks to watch my kid for 5 days, I would be shocked. Will you be watching him at your house or hers?"</blockquote>



Mine, well my parents where we will be living for awhile.

The Icebox {MBRD} 17 kids; New Mexico 18574 posts
Apr 11th '12

<blockquote><b>Quoting ma ♥:</b>" 200 seems outrageous IMO. Yes I know it's cheap compared to centers... but if my good friend was going ... [snip!] ... going to charge me 200 bucks to watch my kid for 5 days, I would be shocked. Will you be watching him at your house or hers?"</blockquote>



Really??



Shes going to be getting less then 2 an hour, if thats expensive to you then youre just cheap

ma ♥ 1 child; California 63053 posts
Apr 11th '12
Quoting The Icebox {MBRD}:" <blockquote><b>Quoting ma ♥:</b>" 200 seems outrageous IMO. Yes I know it's ... [snip!] ... Really?? Shes going to be getting less then 2 an hour, if thats expensive to you then youre just cheap"


True. But like I said, if she were a FRIEND, I wouldn't charge her 200 bucks. Regardless of how much that amounted too per hour.

ma ♥ 1 child; California 63053 posts
Apr 11th '12
Quoting Always♥Faithful:" <blockquote><b>Quoting ma ♥:</b>" 200 seems outrageous IMO. Yes I know it's ... [snip!] ... Will you be watching him at your house or hers?"</blockquote> Mine, well my parents where we will be living for awhile."


Hmm, so at least you won't be spending gas to drive to her house. But I would ask her to bring the boy a lunch & some snacks...
Other then that, Idk what I would charge. But it definitely wouldn't be 200. Maybe have her give you a price & go from there?

Always♥Faithful 2 kids; CHERRY POINT, North Carolina 21738 posts
Apr 12th '12
Quoting ma ♥:" Hmm, so at least you won't be spending gas to drive to her house. But I would ask her to bring the boy ... [snip!] ... then that, Idk what I would charge. But it definitely wouldn't be 200. Maybe have her give you a price & go from there?"


She's going to be in another state so he's not going to see her at all besides when she drops him off on the 11th and picks him up the 15th. He's going to need more than lunch and snacks, and I don't mind providing him food and drinks since he is going to be at the house for 5 days, day and night. I wouldn't want to make him feel excluded by me making him what his mom left, and us eating what we prepare every day.



I'm not going to be like "It's $200 or you can find someone else" I'm going to work with her, but like I said, I don't want to sell myself too short since I will roughly be watching him for 96+ hours straight.