How often do you and your spouse get a sitter and go out for the night? What is recommended? I would be happy with once a month. How much does your babysitter charge? I am wondering what is typical these days. I remember I got paid $2.50 an hour when I babysat in high school. Either I was super cheap, or inflation for sitters has skyrocketed in 15 years. According to babysitter.com, the average rate is anywhere between $5-$15.00 an hour, depending on the number of children, the age of children and the geographical area. I saw a blog post from someone who lives in the gulf coast and pays $20.00 an hour. That seems pretty steep to me.
Lets say you have a sitter that only charges $5.00 an hour. You go out to eat and to a movie. You have spent around $80 for 4-5 hours. Wow, am I grateful for grandparents!
If you are hiring a babysitter for the first time, babysitter.com has a check list you can print off to make sure she has all the important information. The website is actually a resource for finding a babysitter. They have some good, general tips, but I don't know anyone who has ever used the actual babysitting service. Do you?
How much do you pay your sitter per hour and how many kids to do you have?