Sure, we need someone here if we’ll be out long or late. But in general? This is a babysitter-free-zone.
And now that Davis can babysit for others, he gets asked what he charges. He has found that he makes more money if he doesn’t give a price – parents who want to get some kid-free time seem to be willing to shell out the bucks. Even for a 12-1/2 year old. And besides, don’t you remember how hard it was to tell someone your price at that age? Yikes.
At any rate, I came across this the other day: A teenage babysitter in New York City charges an average $14.84 per hour, reports the Wall Street Journal. Sitters in Dallas, TX average $7.33 an hour, Washington, DC $9, Chicago $8.67, and Los Angeles $8.64.
I was surprised to find that LA is cheaper than DC or Chicago. How can that be? The cost of living there is so high.
And then, I started thinking about Dallas. I bet the parents in Dallas go out a lot. Hey, it’s a 50% discount over NYC! Being the geeky researcher that I am (hey, just being honest here), I decided to find out the difference in cost of living between NYC and Dallas. Here goes:
Salary in New York (Manhattan) NY: $100,000
Comparable salary in Dallas TX: $45,557.59
If you move from New York (Manhattan) NY to Dallas TX…
Groceries will cost: 31.004% less
Housing will cost: 79.834% less
Utilities will cost: 24.399% less
Transportation will cost: 10.716% less
Healthcare will cost: 21.9% less
And evidently, babysitting will cost 50% less. But, considering the salary is almost 55% less, it’s not the bargain I originally thought.
But Los Angeles, on the other hand, is the deal of the century. Consider this:
Salary in New York (Manhattan) NY:$100,000
Comparable salary in Los Angeles-Long Beach CA: $73,953.31
If you move from New York (Manhattan) NY
to Los Angeles-Long Beach CA…
Groceries will cost: 12.533% less
Housing will cost: 31.437% less
Utilities will cost: 33.376% less
Transportation will cost: 5.349% less
Healthcare will cost: 13.665% less
And here’s the clincher – Babysitting is 42% less. Compare that to the measly 26% decrease in salary and it’s hello nightlife!
You might wonder how I have time to figure all this out. It’s simple, my friends.
I’m on deadline.
Yes, deadline for a huge project. One that will be virtually impossible to finish in time. So, as is true to form, I have found something else to do. Something that will lead me down a road to eventually misery.
It’s a great tactic.
It might not help me get my project done. But I’m sitting here with a nice cup of zinger tea and typing away.