My husband can’t afford me!
I did a little research about the going rate for the services I provide for a family our size in the area I live in and I also looked at Denver Concierge’s affordable maid service to have a comparison. So, here’s my version of one of those “how much does it cost to replace a stay-at-home-mom?” lists that comes out every year around Mother’s Day:
Full time, live in nanny: $600/week for up to 50 hours. $18/hr for additional hours or weekends
Personal cook: $250/week
Housekeeping – 18 hours/week: $300/week
Laundry service – 25 loads/week: $100/week
Lifecoach/therapist services for children – approx 5 hrs/week: $350/week
Personal Assistant approx 8 hours/week: $100/week
Tutoring – approx 4 hours/week: $100/week
Cost to hire people to replace mom: $1800/week or $243,600/year. Of course, if I were making almost $250K a year, I might feel obliged to cut back on the time I spend on the internet. I might even be prodded into giving a rip about the Bush tax cuts expiring! But I don’t get paid that way. But I’d still say that I’m a bargain! And if I, or any other mom, wanted a new washer and dryer for Mother’s Day (hint, hint), it would be a wise decision to make that purchase without flilnching, don’t ya think?
(And for the record – all respect to the working mom. I don’t know how you do it all!)