Babysitter Samantha McLeod reads with 5 year old Brian Quayle at the Quayle home. (Photo: Matthew Staver, for USA TODAY)
How about a nice, quiet evening at home with the kids on New Year’s Eve? If that didn’t sound like an appealing option before, it might be after you see these babysitting rates.
According to Care.com, a network that connects caregivers with families, the average hourly rate for a baby sitter on New Year’s Eve is $16.40, more than $1 more than average, nationally. If you’re in New York, San Francisco or Boston, expect to pay around $19 per hour, per child.
If you have more than one child, that could easily add up to more than $30 an hour on New Year’s Eve — at least.
Celebrating the holidays can be pretty expensive, and ringing in the New Year can be especially pricey for parents! Buzz60's Maria Mercedes Galuppo has more.
What else would you expect on the biggest night for babysitting jobs?
If you’re a procrastinator, that rate can continue to climb. The caregiving website shows that more than half of the families they polled were willing to pay more for a last-minute sitter and some would pay an additional $5 more per hour.
To avoid the “babysitting rush,” try booking your sitter two to three weeks in advance. It might put you ahead of the curve if you book this weekend — 56 percent of the families surveyed by the site said they will be finding their caregiver at least two weeks in advance of New Year’s Eve.
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