Should we pay friends to babysit?
July 18, 2014 8:56 PM Subscribe
Mrs. Zooropa and I have a 17-month old, and are finally having a date night tomorrow night. We are new to the area, and have few friends and no family nearby. A co-worker of mine and his wife have agreed to babysit for us. Here's our quandary: do we pay them?
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We don't know Mr. and Mrs. Babysitter extraordinarily well, but we have been with them in a social situation and knew they're good people. We are all roughly the same age (mid and late 30s). We want to be better friends with them going forward, so we don't want this to be awkward. That's why we haven't just asked them directly.
So what do we do?
A. Pay them like we would any other babysitter.
B. Get them a gift card for a night out at a local restaurant.
C. Do nothing.
We do plan to leave them some money to get takeout or something delivered for dinner. And of course, we will have snacks on hand. But we don't know if we are supposed to pay them money or not. We don't want to offend, either, as we would like to be better friends going forward (and I work with the husband on a daily basis).