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Old 02-20-2007, 12:59 PM   #1
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What is a good amount of $ to give the babysitter for food?

DS is being taken care of by a friend right now in home until the doc clears me to lift over 10 lbs... anyway, he just started going yesterday since DH returned to work & I said I'd pay $125/week & send his dipes, milk, food, etc. Well yesterday was insanely hectic & he didn't get food packed & she said NP. She also offered that if we have a hectic week or don't get food packed for that week just to send some extra $. DH & thought maybe that would be better & make it easier for her - she has 3 other children so she's making all of them the same food & then having to get out DS good separate, etc... sort of a pita. But I'm stuck on a figure.

What's a good amount of "extra $" to send for food. He's there from approx 7-4:45 & he's just over a year old. He is a very good eater (he can no kidding eat like to PBJs in one sitting & full cup of milk & still try & snack off of your plate).

Note = he's not even remotely chubby. LOL He has the metabolism that I pray for haha!

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Old 02-20-2007, 02:32 PM   #2
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Re: What is a good amount of $ to give the babysitter for food?

I know it's awkward, but could you ask her what would best help cover her costs? Otherwise, I think I would suggest around $25 or so. Not sure but that sounds ok considering she is buying the food anyway for 3 other kids so it's just a bit extra, not like she has to buy it all brand new.
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Old 02-20-2007, 02:39 PM   #3
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Re: What is a good amount of $ to give the babysitter for food?

Well If she's making the meals anyway for her 3 then $20. should be more then enough. I mean how much can ds possibly eat. I spend $30 on food and drinks for DH dinner at work each week so If you only have one small child then that sounds more then reasonable to me.
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I know it's awkward, but could you ask her what would best help cover her costs? Otherwise, I think I would suggest around $25 or so. Not sure but that sounds ok considering she is buying the food anyway for 3 other kids so it's just a bit extra, not like she has to buy it all brand new.
I tried asking... & got the "I dunno whatever you think is fair. I'm not sure" answer. Well I'm not sure either.

We only spend about $200 month on groceries for us & DH eats at work (required) & we pay about $100 a month for him 3 meals.
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Old 02-20-2007, 03:04 PM   #5
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I would think 20-25 is plenty for a 3 year old for a week.
I wish we were closer! I'd be more than happy to take care of the boys and could use the extra $ too
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Re: What is a good amount of $ to give the babysitter for food?

On that note maby $20 is a bit much how about $10 that's $40. a month. that seems more reasonable considering she's just seraving a little extra

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Old 02-20-2007, 03:20 PM   #7
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I would pay $20 extra per week. Although I think you were paying a good price to begin with ($125). Home daycares around here run between 120 and 130 and 2 meals and 2 daily snacks are included in that price. But I wouldn't want to seem cheap by sending only a bit more for food...assuming she feeds him 2 meals and 2 snacks per day (it's required by the Air Force family childcare to feed them at least every 3 hours)
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Old 02-20-2007, 03:28 PM   #8
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Ya, I was gonna say $20, too. Especially if she's getting milk or stuff like that.
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$20 should be fine. As long as he's eating whatever the other kids are eating.
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Re: What is a good amount of $ to give the babysitter for food?

The thing that is getting me is the $125. a week already to me that is a bit much, I watch my friends daughter for $100 a week and that includes 2 snacks, milk, lunch, juice ect. so $135 or maby $140 should be plenty for the week.
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