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How much should I pay for daycare pickups?

If my babysitter is picking my daughter from day care, should I include gas money in her pay?

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Sure call it gas money or a tip but do give her extra. Picking up a kid from school can be a hassle and she is doing you a favor using her gas money!

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No, I think gas pay should separate. You might make agreement like 20 miles/gallon.

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Yes. Including gas money in her pay if she is driving somewhere other than your home would be reasonable. She is using her gas and also putting mileage on her car. Unless providing her with one of your own vehicles, including gas money is reasonable.

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Most families don't, but thats also why we try to make our rates higher. Gas is not cheap.

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im not to sure maybe $10 for gas and $30 for picking them up i think that is fair

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Eda in Horsham, PA
Aug. 25, 2018

I do not belive it will be a transport problem because the employee will think of conditions themselves.

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I think you can if the distance adds up. The going rate by the IRS for mileage reimbursement is $0.54/mile.

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That's your call. I'm sure she would greatly appreciate it, but if you don't want to then that's fine too. I'm sure she's not expecting you to pay for her gas :)

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Hailey in Gilroy, CA
Aug. 24, 2018

The families I've worked for have handled gas reimbursement differently. One family always gave me $20 a week, another would just round up my pay, and the last family I worked for would let me do laundry at their house so I wouldn't have to pay for it at my apartment or they would let me use their car every once in a while. A lot of us nannies are in school and paying for tuition and maybe car payments, so it's a good discussion to have with each other. There's always a way to compromise so that everyone's happy.

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it depend the hours rate the family pay me.

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User in Roseville, CA
Aug. 23, 2018

Yes, if she is using her own car you should definitely be reimbursing her.

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This depends on how far away it is and how often. If you included say a ten dollar bill for the whole week going back and forth that would show courtesy and that you appreciate her taking her car somewhere. You could also just add like $3 each day because that is how much a gallon is if you wanted to be specific. Or just assume she doesn't mind. I didn't get paid for gas specifically when I drove- the parents just vocally told me how much they appreciated it.

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I would say no if that is part of the job requirements that you have listed.

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Donna in Alvarado, TX
Aug. 22, 2018

that should have been considered into her hourly wage. Picking up and driving loved ones is a huge responsibility. If you didn't then yes add a gas allowance to her pay. You want her to feel appreciated so she stays content in her commitment.

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yes you would

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It would depend on if you had spoken to her about picking your daughter up at daycare during her interview or not. If so then I would think it would already be included in the original pricing, but if this is an additional add on I would possibly talk to your babysitter and make sure she is, first, comfortable with it, and second i would discuss additional pay at this time as well.

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Yes. Calculate the extra miles that your babysitter has to travel and multiple it by 54.5. This is the standard mileage rate as of January 2018.

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Perhaps, it depends on how far she needs to travel. It also depends on how much you can afford. Gas prices fluctuate as you know. You could discuss it with her. If she is driving 10-15 miles every day, you may want to add ~$5 for the week.

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If it's local, I wouldn't expect pay for gas. My rule is if I hop on the highway at all, then some compensation should be received. And that's also because it's more dangerous!

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Yes, I would include gas money.

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Laura in Phoenix, AZ
Aug. 13, 2018

Yes please that would be very thoughtful and kind of you.

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I say for when a babysitter is driving include gas money and $7-10 per trip. Hope this helps!

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Yes. The current rate is 54.5 cents/mile, or failing that an agreed upon amount per trip/day/week. It's a service he/she is providing, and failing to provide gas money means he/she will have to pay for gas.

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As a nanny I would have to say that it would be awfully nice if you did.

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yes always include gas money i would say an extra $10-$20 depending on how far they have to drive.

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Yes. Or maybe a good tip. Talk with her and see what she would prefer.

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How far does she have to go? Are you already paying her a generous amount? Does she drive a vehicle that is a gas hog? All good questions to ask yourself when figuring this out. Maybe shes only going an extra mile, in that case it should be no big deal. But on the otherhand, if shes driving even 5 miles in something like a suburban, extra money for gas would be much appreciated, as gas prices are a bit high at the moment and it will add up.

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Yes, unless you overpay her or tip them

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I would add some extra money to her daily/hourly rate, especially if the day care center isn't very close to your home! Gas is not cheap and your sitter will so appreciate your consideration.

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Jenna in Trenton, NJ
Aug. 1, 2018

Yes, while she is making a base pay, she is using her gas to pick up and take care of your child. So while you may be giving her 10$/hour, an entire 2 hours could be going back into her car depending on her gas mileage/ how far she goes to pick up your child.

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it depends on situation, need to be discussed as part of pay, etc.

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I think it is good to pay about 20 or 25 so they can get gas money to continue the pickups.

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yes you should because after all she is picking up your daughter in her car and has to use some gas. no more then $20 for gas i would say depending how much the gas is in you home town.

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Yes to ensure she has gas to pick her up. Me personally i would let my employer know she/he could put gas in my car or include it in check or i could use their car if they have an extra one so they wouldn't have to pay for gas.

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Although not required, it is a courteous thing to do which I am sure they will appreciate and such acts of kindness will go a long way.

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If she is using your family car, no, but if she is using her own then a set amount per pickup would be fair.

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Yes, of course pay her for gas + an hourly rate or just a salary that will cover gas. Some cars do not get very good mpg...prices of gas vary from regular or premium.

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User in Allendale, MI
July 29, 2018

Since gas is getting more expensive right now, I think compensating for gas is probably a good idea.

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Melissa in Oswego, NY
July 29, 2018

It is always nice, in my opinion, to include a little extra for gas, although many caregivers don't find it to be a necessity if they find your base pay sufficient enough.

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Morgan in Normal, IL
July 29, 2018

Hmmmm, if it's more than one time, maybe. Depends on how the distance she has to drive "extra".

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Paying for gas money might depend on the amount of miles she is driving for your daughter within a year's time. That way she can deduct her car expenses through her taxes. It would depend on how she is filing her taxes and whether or not she is taking a tax deduction for her miles driven for her job.

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It all depends on if the salary already includes this.

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Jess in Berwyn, PA
July 28, 2018

Yes, yes you should.

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yes they should pay for gsa mileage because that's going on my expense

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Joe in Crockett, TX
July 27, 2018

If babysitter is using her own vehicle - gas money should be included in her pay.

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Kelsey in Frisco, TX
July 26, 2018

I think it is fair to factor her pay to include gas money in her personal car.

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Yes, to cover costs of gas, on top of her regular duties.

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Joe in Crockett, TX
July 26, 2018

If the babysitter is using her own care - a gas allowance should be included in her pay.

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Kevin in Katy, TX
July 26, 2018

I feel that gas money should be something the sitter considers when taking the job. So, no, I don't feel as if they need more money than what is agreed upon. However if gas is a problem then you should pay them enough an hour to where that isn't a concern.

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Jena in Gilbert, AZ
July 25, 2018

That might depend on the location of the day care in my opinion. If we are being paid hourly then it might be included. I would think this would be a conversation between the parent and the sitter. Everything is negotiable.

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Cassandra in Vail, AZ
July 25, 2018

Yes, you should definitely include gas money on top of her base rate. Think about it - if you hired an uber or a taxi you are paying them for their services and their gas, right? So you wouldn't want to pay your babysitter any less who is ensuring your child arrives safe and happy at your home after day care.

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Yes, I think that you should always reimburse for gas. Especially as gas prices keep going up.

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Yes. Child pick up is a part of caring for the child.

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Definitely because pick a kids and watch is to different service.

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depending on how fair it might be from the home.

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Yes unless she is using your car that already has gas!

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Yes, definitely!

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You definitely can pay a mileage rate, but a lot of the times that is already included within the base pay. Hope this helps!

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Unless it is unreasonably far away, I feel that an hourly rate (with one hour minimum) should suffice.

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Marina in Irvine, CA
July 24, 2018

gas now in days is so expensive, so yes should add to the pay

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Depending on the distance. If it is at a distance where a good amount of gas is being used yes but if the day care is just a block away it would be understandable to not.

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Ask if they want it included in their pay or just leave a few dollars on the counter for them.

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Yes. Gas isn't cheap nowadays and it would really show your caregiver how important they are to you.

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There is usually a rate that the state has per mile. Where I live, it is 54.5 cents a mile for businesses. If it is her full-time job I would say yes. If it is just a part-time side thing, I would say that it is included in her hourly rate knowing she would be assisting with pick-ups.

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Absoultely.

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it would be fair with both parties, even because a car does not only have gas expenses.

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Kalley in Roanoke, VA
July 23, 2018

Depends on how much you are already paying her and how far the drive is.

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Kayla in Phoenix, AZ
July 23, 2018

It depends on you and if the sitter is driving a very far distance

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Yes, include it in her pay.

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I would consider compensation for gas.

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User in Norwalk, CT
July 22, 2018

yes definitely.

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Jerry in Aurora, CO
July 22, 2018

Yes, people deserve respect for what they offer

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Emily in Norman, OK
July 21, 2018

I'd say anywhere from 5-10

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they depand on both

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mmm... well i think so,you should ask her, or maybe get half and half

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I think an extra 20/week would be nice.

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Lydia in Mesquite, TX
July 21, 2018

yes most definitely she is doing a job for you if you want her to get to point a to point b she needs the money

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If it's close proximity, no I would not include gas money. Anything past two miles is when you should consider including gas money.

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Unless other arrangements have been made, I feel that the sitter should expect to pay her own auto expenses.

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gas money 5 dollars every ten miles once at job nothing big just enough to keep driving.

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This is an additional touch, a perk even! Some employers include the gas reimbursement in their total pay.

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Tamika in Lowell, MA
July 20, 2018

I would give a nice tip as the service is providing a pick-up in which most cases you would need a car. The cost of the gas is considered in the price of the service and as a courtesy, I would be generously grateful.

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I think that would be acceptable since most jobs that require transportation as a part of the actual job tend to give some sort of payment for traveling whether it be tracking miles and giving 25-50 cents per mile or just lumping it into like $5.00-$10.00. I think with the rising gas prices this would be acceptable and appreciated by the driver.

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Yes. It's only fair to reimburse him/her for both time and use of his/her car.

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At least $20 pick up and $5 gas reimbursement.

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Yasmira in Boston, MA
July 20, 2018

An extra 10 dollars at the end of the week wouldn't be bad

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You should definitely help pay for gas, depending on how far the pickup is.

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I believe that should all be discussed at the time of interview. If its requested after as a extra request then it should be the care giver choose to request added funds.

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Yes, gas is really expensive. But I guess it depends on how much you pay her.

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Yes, the standard gas mileage reimbursement amount should be paid to the sitter for picking your child from daycare.

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In my personal experience, my gas to and from work was never covered, but any driving done on the clock from the family was compensated (i.e. dropping off library books, errands, pickups/drop-offs).

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Joe in Crockett, TX
July 19, 2018

If she is using her vehicle, yes

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I would pay the person 25 hour.

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User in Palmer, AK
July 19, 2018

I have never had it included but it would be very kind.

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I would say throw in an extra $5-10 for the cost of gas on top of her payment for her time watching the child

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In my experience, it is standard to cover the average cost of a gallon of gas for school pick-up/drop-offs.

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maybe like a few extra dollars but nothing too much

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It depends. If she is using her own car then yes, if it is your own car, then no.

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Yes, I would include gas money in her pay, I would see how much money she is willing to receive from you and compromise on an hourly rate. Best of luck!

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User in Colton, CA
July 19, 2018

Gas is very expensive. As a babysitter I think it is only fair to include gas money to pick up children from school/ day care or any extra curricular.

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It depends on the person. With the families I work with I have in my contract gas prices. I have a fifteen mile radius for free with a five dollar one time charge for every five miles over the radius. If I am driving with their child I have first five miles is free then a $5 charge for every five miles after that. Every nanny is different, I try to be fair. As always a contract is just the beginning of negotiations. If a client didn't think that was fair they could come with a counter offer.

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Kate in Ligonier, PA
July 19, 2018

I would either do that or include it in his/her pay, but if they were constantly picking up and dropping off your kids, I would probably give them some extra gas money.

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If it is in her car I think so she is not only using her gas but miles .

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Yes, but I'd say it depends on how far daycare is from the destination. Otherwise, gas money should be included in the agreed upon hourly rate.

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Yes you should as a courtesy

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I think $60 flat rate per day is a good price to start. We living in the bay area so we must include gas, mileage and the time spent with your kid. So $60 is a good starting place.

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Evelyn in Hialeah, FL
July 18, 2018

it should not be like that

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Brenda in Foley, AL
July 18, 2018

Yes, if she uses her car.If her only job for you is transporting children to and from for drop-offs, you should pay her from her home and back. If she works full-time at your home, then pay her a mileage allowance from your house back to your house when transporting your child.

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No I do not believe so because you are paying your sitter already to take care of the child.

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Afton in Danville, CA
July 18, 2018

I would say yes, especially if this is the regular routine. I have had positions where I had been doing so much driving I realized I was losing an hour of pay every day from gas alone. A small gas stipend might be a good idea depending on what your schedule with the sitter is (If the sitter has regularly scheduled hours through out the week or if she only does as-needed care)

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It depends on how much you are paying her per hour and how far she is having to drive.

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yes because they might not have a lot of gas money.

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Diana in Miami, FL
July 18, 2018

Children are our treasures that it does not hurt to pay for the care parents should be paid at a fair rate .

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The truth, I do not know, I think the employer would have to make that decision.

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Probably. I feel it depends on the rate that you already pay your sitter.

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i would say yes unless its included in the pay.

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no, because i mean, the parent is paying to take care of the child, it doesn't matter about the gas money in my opinion.

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Depends on how far it is. If it is close to your house no I do not, but if it is way out of the way from your home then yes I do.

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Yes, depending on the mileage and how far away the job is.

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Yes! Jut a little stipend or extra - depending on how far she has to drive.

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Only if you didn't have a chance to refill the gas tank

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I think that including gas money is a nice thing to do. You should base the price on how far the daycare is from your home.

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Yes, unless it is within 5mile radius.

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Amber in Columbus, OH
July 17, 2018

I think it would depend on how far from your house she's driving, including round trip. If under five miles, it's negligible. But if over that, I'd add the standard $0.15 per mile and round to the nearest dollar.

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User in Damascus, OR
July 17, 2018

i never charge for that type of thing.

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Of course! Do you need to put gas in your car to go places? She does too!

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Yes! I believe you should.

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Taylor in Baytown, TX
July 17, 2018

Depends how far the daycare is and all that I think

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Amanda in Arvada, CO
July 17, 2018

I think it is usually set in place at the initial interview if the babysitter is driving on a daily basis. If so have it be part of the pay if not then there should be a mutual agreement between the family and sitter to set something up.

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I would include gas money if the drive is longer than 20 miles away. Anything less, there isn't really a need as long as her pay is significantly above minimum wage ($10)