When I was a teenager, I think the most I charged for babysitting was somewhere between $4 and $5 per hour. Times have sure changed, haven’t they? The “going rate” in our area is at least $10 per hour. Kinda makes you think twice about going out on a date, doesn’t it?
Now, I realize that if you have family nearby who provide babysitting for you, you’re probably set. In our case, the nearest relatives who could watch our children live 4 hours away, so we’ve had to get creative!
The following ideas for saving on babysitting will fall under #10 in our series:
a) Find another family with kids and swap babysitting for date nights.
I’m sure there are other families in your church or community that would love to save on the cost of babysitting, as well. Why not talk with them and put two dates on the calendar: one date night for them in which you will watch their children, and one date night for you!
b) Offer some meals to a college student in exchange for babysitting.
If you have college students in your church or community who are living away from home on campus, you might find that they would be grateful for a home-cooked meal or two in exchange for babysitting every now and then.
c) Offer to walk a dog for someone from your church or neighborhood in exchange for babysitting.
Now that I have a dog, I realize just how much work they are! A pet owner who works all day might jump at the chance to watch your children a couple times a month in exchange for you walking their dog or letting him out once during the day.
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