If you're looking to spend a night out this New Year's Eve and leave the kids behind, get ready to pay a big price for it.
Reports indicate that rates for the holiday are soaring, with some services growing so competitive that in some cities, parents are forced to offer a number of perks to any potential babysitters. This is in addition to the roughly $100 they'll be paying for someone to watch their kids while they spend a few hours out on the town.
The national average for babysitting rates for one child has reached $16.43 per hour, according to the babysitting website UrbanSitter. That jumps quickly when more kids are added, with an average of $18.86 for two kids and $20.56 for three kids. With the average job lasting four hours, it could cost anywhere between $65 and $80 in babysitting fees for a night out --- and that's just on an average night. As Marketwatch noted, rates for New Year's Eve outings are at least $1 more per hour, though in larger cities it can get even higher.
The report published a list of the most expensive cities for babysitters on New Year's Eve (care of the babysitting website Care.com):
San Francisco, CA: $19.70
Salinas, CA: $18.90
Boston, MA: $18.85
New York City, NY: $18.44
Kansas City, MO: $17.73
Those rates may vary, as the New York Post noted. A report found that some of the top babysitters in New York City will be charging up to $35 per hour for New Year's Eve services. And because babysitters are at a premium in the Big Apple, parents are offering a number of perks to compete.
"Since it's NYE we would also offer dinner and a car home or the equivalent money if you want to take the subway," one would-be New Year's Eve reveler wrote in a post on UrbanSitter.