Procrastinating can be expensive when it comes to buying airline tickets, filing taxes and paying bills. Add "hiring a babysitter" to that list.
For almost two-thirds of families, babysitting costs exceed $500 per year, according to new data from Care.com. One in five families spends more than $2,000 per year on sitters.
Nationwide, the average hourly rate for a sitter in 2016 was $13.97, Care.com found. But there are times when sitters are more in demand than others.
These five circumstances may warrant booking early or paying more — or both: