If you are a parent like I am you know that those 'date nights' can be pretty expensive.

From the dinner and the after-dinner entertainment to picking the right spot for a romantic dinner can be pretty stressful. But what about the babysitter?

When it comes to how much you pay the sitter, what is the right amount? Is it something you pay per hour or is it just a flat rate? I am always thinking we are not paying enough for sitting. But now that the kids are older, 11 and 7 they are not quite so much trouble.

The site urbansitter.com says that the national average is 16.75 for one kid and 19.26 for two kids. I thought these numbers were a little high but after I checked out their map, Dallas parents pay 11.98 an hour for one kid. Did you know that babysitting is the cheapest in La Vegas at 11.63 and most expensive in San Fransisco at 18.75?

How much do you pay your babysitter? Let us know in the comments below.


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