How much to charge for watching my niece overnight?

posted 2 years ago in The Lounge
Post # 2
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Worker bee

Unless you had to take days off work, I wouldn’t charge anything.

Post # 3
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Buzzing Beekeeper

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plantprop :  

I wouldn’t expect to be paid for minding my niece/nephew. Parents will probably give you a nice present to say thank you. 

Post # 4
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: July 2018

Your own niece? I wouldn’t charge anything. The only relative who should expect to be paid for babysitting is either someone who does it regularly as in every day or a 15 year old. 

Post # 5
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Bumble bee

For my niece I’d say nothing, or very possibly reimbursement for some groceries…

Post # 6
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Helper bee

I think it depends. 

I don’t think it’s a big deal to ask to be paid for watching a 3 year old–kids are a lot of work. I pay my sister for watching my dog when we go out of town.  

Maybe like 20 dollars a night? 

If you had to take time off work I’d charger half minimum wage for your area per hour. 

Post # 7
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2018

Nothing. It’s your niece…

Post # 8
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2018

Another vote for i wouldnt charge anything for a once off for your own neice.  If anything, id just put a favour up my sleeve such as needing a hand with the garden or something down the track.

I would only potentially charge if it was a regular gig such as one day a week.

Post # 9
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

Zero. 

I watched my niece when on university holidays every week day for three months, for no $. It was a good chance to bond with her.

Post # 10
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Busy bee

I personally don’t charge. It’s quality time with my nieces and I love it. Plus…I am sure they would do the same for me so hoping that the favor is returned when I start a family 😉

Post # 11
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2019

It really depends on your circumstances. I’m not sure how old you are so if you’re young, in school and need the money I think it’s okay to accept money. What’s reasonable for 4 days, I’d say no more than $100. If you’re a bit older and not hard up for cash I’d do it for nothing.

Post # 12
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

I wouldn’t charge a cent.  If they offered money for activities or food, maybe you could take that, but even then, I’d probably push back. 

Post # 13
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

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plantprop :  I love spending time with my nieces and nephews. I’d never charge to look after them. Money means I considered looking after them work and its never work for me. Its always a joy to spend time with them and they always make laugh.

I wouldn’t charge for that. Good people remember and appreciate the stuff you’ve done for them and will pay you in kind when you need help in the future. 

Post # 14
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Bumble bee

I wouldn’t charge anything. Maybe just reimburse for food if money is tight for you?

Post # 15
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: January 2017

Zero.

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