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How much should we pay our sitter if she has to stay overnight for a wedding?

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bpmom
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How much should we pay our sitter if she has to stay overnight for a wedding?

She's our regular sitter, watches our two boys and lets our dog out. She's only here occasionally (every other week for several hours on one day and then for evening events that my ILs can't watch them).

We pay her $15/hr usually.

The event we're going to is a family wedding in CT (just off the ferry in Bridgeport). Our families will both be at the wedding, and I'm surprisingly comfortable leaving the kids with her overnight. It'll be a 25-hr gig, but I don't want to pay her $15/hr for the time she's sleeping.

What should I pay her? I'm thinking $250 because that's roughly $10/hr plus she's watching my dog. Sound OK or am I being cheap?

Posted 7/19/10 4:44 PM
 
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Rycois
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Re: How much should we pay our sitter if she has to stay overnight for a wedding?

I think that's more than fair!

Posted 7/19/10 4:47 PM
 

bpmom
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Re: How much should we pay our sitter if she has to stay overnight for a wedding?

Posted by SweetCaroline

I think that's more than fair!



Too much?

Posted 7/19/10 4:50 PM
 

Janice
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Re: How much should we pay our sitter if she has to stay overnight for a wedding?

I was thinking 150

Posted 7/19/10 4:54 PM
 

summerBaby10
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Re: How much should we pay our sitter if she has to stay overnight for a wedding?

$250 sounds good to me since she'll have the dog too.

Posted 7/19/10 5:42 PM
 

julz33
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Re: How much should we pay our sitter if she has to stay overnight for a wedding?

that sounds like a lot. maybe $200? if they are all sleeping... does Gabe sleep through the night?

Posted 7/19/10 6:15 PM
 

Rycois
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Re: How much should we pay our sitter if she has to stay overnight for a wedding?

I think $200 is enough.

Posted 7/19/10 7:14 PM
 

FelAndJon
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Re: How much should we pay our sitter if she has to stay overnight for a wedding?

What are the actual hours she will be there (don't factor in sleeping time). If it is just putting the kids to bed and you will be there in the morning, I would pay her $150. If you aren't returning until mid-day, that will increase the price considerably Chat Icon

Sorry, I missed the 25 hour part... I would pay her $200 for the "day"

Message edited 7/19/2010 7:36:23 PM.

Posted 7/19/10 7:32 PM
 

MrsRitaB
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Re: How much should we pay our sitter if she has to stay overnight for a wedding?

i babysit and i would be happy with 100 lol - i get a lil over $10 an hour

i think $150 is very nice

Posted 7/19/10 7:49 PM
 

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Re: How much should we pay our sitter if she has to stay overnight for a wedding?

I'll just go on the other side of this. I can't imagine it being less than $250. 15 waking hours working with kids x $15 = $225. Yes the kids will be sleeping, but I'm sure she'd rather be in her bed than your guest room.

Posted 7/19/10 7:57 PM
 

dawnygirl25
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Re: How much should we pay our sitter if she has to stay overnight for a wedding?

I think $200 is good.

Posted 7/19/10 7:59 PM
 

bpmom
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Re: How much should we pay our sitter if she has to stay overnight for a wedding?

Posted by Calla

I'll just go on the other side of this. I can't imagine it being less than $250. 15 waking hours working with kids x $15 = $225. Yes the kids will be sleeping, but I'm sure she'd rather be in her bed than your guest room.



This is how DH feels. He'd like to pay her $300 but we're compromising at $250.

I'm paying her a lot because I trust her to take excellent care of them, not have her boyfriend come over, not park them in front of the TV, etc.... she used to be a teacher in their day care center so she's fingerprinted, background checked, legitimately SAFE. To me it's worth it because we'll be out of state and can relax -- she's the next best thing to our own family watching the boys.

But damn this wedding is costing us $$$ and DH is annoyed because it's his cousin's 2nd wedding. Chat Icon

Posted 7/19/10 10:27 PM
 

babycakes18
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Re: How much should we pay our sitter if she has to stay overnight for a wedding?

I think $250-$300 sounds just about right. Yes...she will be sleeping...but when you are caring for children that aren't your own....you never really sleep as well as you would in your own house (just in case they wake up or whatever). Plus...I remember when I used to babysit....the kids never fell asleep at the time they were supposed to and since you are not home...they can also wake up in the middle of the night wanting you. Also...if you really like her and trust her with your kids overnight...I would give her more to show my appreciation.

Posted 7/19/10 10:55 PM
 

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Re: How much should we pay our sitter if she has to stay overnight for a wedding?

You have to pay her more than you would if she went home after watching the children. I think $250-300 is about right.

Posted 7/19/10 11:08 PM
 

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Re: How much should we pay our sitter if she has to stay overnight for a wedding?

Posted by Calla

I'll just go on the other side of this. I can't imagine it being less than $250. 15 waking hours working with kids x $15 = $225. Yes the kids will be sleeping, but I'm sure she'd rather be in her bed than your guest room.



I think I agree. That's a lot of time and it's two kids.
$250 sounds good. I definitely wouldn't give less than $200.
I would agree on the price ahead of time so she isn't expecting $15 an hour if that's not what you want to pay her.

Posted 7/19/10 11:13 PM
 

bpmom
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Re: How much should we pay our sitter if she has to stay overnight for a wedding?

Posted by monkeybride
wouldn't give less than $200.
I would agree on the price ahead of time so she isn't expecting $15 an hour if that's not what you want to pay her.



This is what we're doing this week. Our sitter has said that she understands we won't be paying her $15/hr for the full-time. I'm pretty sure we're going with $250.

Posted 7/20/10 7:09 AM
 
 

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