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Overnight babysitting

August 3rd, 2007 at 09:42 am

Wednesday night was my first night doing the overnight babysitting that I wrote about back in June.

All in all, it went well. I arrived around 11pm. Everyone was in bed. I went to my bedroom, read a little and went to sleep. I woke up around 12:30 when I heard the Dad get up and leave for his work, but went back asleep relatively quickly. I was up again at 3am when I heard one of the girls get up. It turns out she was only going to the kitchen for a drink of water, but she literally RAN to the kitchen so I wasn't sure what was going on and immediately shot out of bed to see what the situation was.

Mom was home by 7:25 am and paid me $50. I go back again tonight. The downside is that I feel a little uncomfortable spending the night in someone else's house and that I didn't sleep particularly well, but hopefully both will improve as time goes on.

Some of friends think I'm a little crazy for doing this. But, like the people in the recent NYT article on people who bought a home on their own, I realize that the money for a home down payment isn't going to magically appear some day.

Old Total: $1746.33
+ $50 overnight babysitting
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New Total: $1796.33

4 Responses to “Overnight babysitting”

  1. Ima saver Says:

    Hey, it is $50 you didn't have before. I hope your sleep improves!!

  2. threebeansalad Says:

    That's what I say! My response to the skepticism is: "You don't get paid for doing nothing!" Current circumstances require my husband to live in another city, so it's not like I'm sacrificing a relationship or other opportunities at that time of night.

  3. LuckyRobin Says:

    I think your sleep will improve as you get used to the situation and your surroundings and find it more comfortable. Just may take a week or two.

  4. robex Says:

    Good for you! Often the friends who think we're crazy for being frugal are the same ones who are deep in debt!

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