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#31 of 34 Old 12-02-2008, 11:54 PM
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$15 to 20 an hour here in Chicago.
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A lot of it depends on who the person is and how much advanced notice they have.. I use to babysit a lot before DD1 was born and right after she was. If I had some notice it was usually either dinner (if Im babysitting for a close friend) or 7-8 an hour. Usually it was a military family (I was a Marine at the time) and I knew how hard it was to make ends met so I didn't charge them much.
Ive never paid for a babysitter for DD. Shes stayed at one six times, twice for date dates and 4 full days when DD2 was in the NICU and I was at the hospital with her. All 6 times I exchanged favors with the people watching her or they did it for free. I always offered to pay but they never accepted.

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In my area it depends on the babysitter. If she is a college student, she'll probably charge between $10-$15 an hour. If she is a high school student, she'll charge $6-$8 per hour.

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Dang! I remember when I was babysitting and making $2 an hour in the mid-late 80's.

I pay sitters $10 an hour to watch DS, but seeing as how I only make $5 an hour as an in home child care provider, it is extremely rare that I can afford a sitter. It hurts to go out for a few hours and have it cost me an entire day's pay.

I did go out last night though and spent $20 on a sitter for two hours so I could go to a knitting group. It was absolutely heavenly, and I don't feel badly about spending the money at all. My last sitter that I "hired" was last summer for a few hours so I could drive about an hour away to pick up a king size bed frame from freecycle. (Yeah, I live it up when I get a sitter! )

Most of the time I end up doing child care swaps with friends who have kids so I don't end up paying anything.

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