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What is a fair price for driving to someones house and watching their two kids, 3 and 1, for 12 hours?

I was offered 50 dollars a day once a week to watch my friends two kids in her house, about 10 miles away, i get 6 mpg in my car so that's 10 dollars in gas each time and 40 for 12 hours with two kids seems low to me, but i don't know? I will also have my 1 year old with me.


Asked by staciandababy at 4:26 PM on Mar. 17, 2011 in General Parenting

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  • yep, i'd expect to pay $10/hr, if it were me. why can't she bring the kids to you, save your gas/car/time??

    Answer by dullscissors at 4:29 PM on Mar. 17, 2011

  • 6mpg?? wow...$50 a day actually sounds reasonable for me

    Answer by maxsmom11807 at 4:27 PM on Mar. 17, 2011

  • waking hours? Fifty is low but it's cash under the table. I'd say at least 10 and hour.

    Answer by jeanclaudia at 4:27 PM on Mar. 17, 2011

  • i pay my babysitter $5 for a 1 year old and a 11 year old.

    Answer by Mel_in_PHX at 4:29 PM on Mar. 17, 2011

  • I guess its reasonable i would want more but then again being in there shoes i wouldnt want to pay more lol

    Answer by kylansmommy09 at 4:29 PM on Mar. 17, 2011

  • Seems low to me. I paid a sitter 20 dollars a day for 9 hours a day, 7 days a week. I was paying like over 500 a month for a sitter. It was horrible. And that's a pretty decent price for Dallas Texas.

    Answer by proudmom2510 at 4:29 PM on Mar. 17, 2011

  • yeah i need to put my car in the shop to figure it out but we haven't had any money for it, 93 cadillac deville, should be getting 12 town and 20 highway mpg

    Comment by staciandababy (original poster) at 4:29 PM on Mar. 17, 2011

  • I don't think its a bad price, If getting there is a problem then don't do it, but you are still coming out ahead. She is paying you over $4 a hr and that isn't bad for daycare in my area.

    Answer by Anonymous at 4:30 PM on Mar. 17, 2011

  • Based on the drive alone it does seem a bit low.

    Answer by But_Mommie at 4:30 PM on Mar. 17, 2011

  • I would say the 50$ sounds good. And I like the fact that it is in her house, that way the other kids are more comfortable and no mess at your house! Thats 200$ a month, I would take it, times are hard!

    Answer by AshleyLynnW at 4:32 PM on Mar. 17, 2011