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Tooth Fairy Payments

How Much Does the Tooth Fairy Leave at Your House?

My sister called me in a conundrum the other day. Her daughter is about to lose her first tooth and she wanted to see what the going rate is for pearly whites. We agreed 50 cents did the trick for us when we were tots.

When I taught first grade, the kids regularly told tales of $5 comps— some even raved about $20 prizes! When the time comes for me to wear the fairy wings, I'll be sticking to quarters. It can only get better for the babe after that. And, if the tooth fairy spoils them rotten, mommy and daddy are in BIG trouble.

How much does the tooth fairy leave at your house?


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merie33 merie33 9 years
When I was younger, what the fairy left was all contingent upon how much pain we went through for the tooth to come out. It ranged from 25 cents to $5.00. The only time I got a 5 though was when one of my molars broke off in pieces because the new one grew in before the old one came out (OUCH!!!). I think $20 for a tooth is ridiculous!
bajeckabean bajeckabean 9 years
I always got $2 bills for my teeth when I was little. And since they're "weird" money, I always kept them and have a collection of tooth money in a keepsake box to this day. My baby's only 4 months old, so she doesn't have any teeth yet to lose, but I think I'll probably do the same thing for her (I always like the money from around the world thing... makes it seem more special and it's not like she'll be able to go out and spend it on junk food very easily).
ascq ascq 9 years
$5. My friend gives his kids $20/tooth, but he's a dentist.
Zero_Cool Zero_Cool 9 years
I don't remember how much we got for each tooth, but I do remember that the tooth fairy always left us a note. My parents must have loved writing all those notes, cause we got notes from EVERYONE! The easter bunny, santa, tooth fairy... you name it, I got a letter from it!
asco00 asco00 9 years
My son got $10 for his first, because he swallowed it eating corn and felt so bad. Other than that, they get $5 per tooth. A little high in my opinion but my niece and nephew get upwards of $25 the result of a divorce, the tooth fairy visits both households, plus the maternal grandparents kick in. Just nuts if you ask me.
bugness bugness 9 years
The first tooth I lost, I wrote the tooth fairy a letter. In return, I got a silver dollar, a Susan B. Anthony, and the note that I wrote was covered in fairy dust. I never spent the silver dollars, because they were special, and I wanted to collect them. If only I knew that there was a whole bag of them in my mom's nightstand next to the tooth collection! I'd probably do something different like that and give my kids foreign money, implying that their tooth fairy traveled a long way just for them, all different countries, like postcards.
roxtarchic roxtarchic 9 years
lickitysplit... i LOVE that feather idea, they think it's from the tooth faeries wings!? thats just Genius!
Twinkle1 Twinkle1 9 years
The Tooth Fairy leaves our kids 1€ ($1.60) per tooth.
caligirl101 caligirl101 9 years
$5 usually, unless I happened to only have larger bills on me and I didn't have time to get change.
katedavis katedavis 9 years
I'm sure the mom explained the mishap. :)
uptown_girl uptown_girl 9 years
katedavis... That is SOOOOO funny, what happened? Did the kid keep it???? Surely your cousin didn't let him?!
katedavis katedavis 9 years
My cousin's son, D, was sleeping over at a friend's the night he lost a tooth. His friend's mom called my cousin and asked if she could be the tooth fairy for the night. That night her husband got out of bed in the middle of the night and slipped some money under D's pillow that he had left out. The mom awoke the next morning to hear D saying from the next room, "One hundred, One hundred twenty, One hundred forty... Two hundred eighty, Three Hundred, Three Hundred and twenty dollars!! The tooth fairy left me three hundred and twenty dollars!!!!!." The father had emptied the contents of his wallet at night and left it next to the tooth fairy money. I guess between the grogginess and darkness he grabbed the wrong pile! :)
backfat backfat 9 years
Five dollars a tooth.
Moms Moms 9 years
I got $20 when I lost my first tooth, but I think it was more of a consolation prize since I was in third grade. I kid you not, as a late bloomer — I lost my last baby tooth when I was 16 and getting ready for a date. I cashed that one in as well.
RobinFabulous RobinFabulous 9 years
My daughters got tooth fairy barbie for her first, son got a dump truck that had a big smile :-) We do a dollar for the rest
sweetnshy5282 sweetnshy5282 9 years
my kids are still to young to loose their teeth, but I think that the idea of of half dollars or maybe silver dollars would be cool. def. not 20 and probably not even 5. what do kids need all that money for, anyways?
meandtheo meandtheo 9 years
my little one is too small to even have teeth let alone lose them; but my sister-in-law gives her kids coins from around the world rather than US dollars or 20's! The kids LOVE them, of course the tooth fairy has money from all over, she does go to ALL kids houses right?
faerymagick15 faerymagick15 9 years
I remember getting a quarter as a kid...per tooth. I am dating myself here!! Now, when my daughter started losing teeth back in '95 or so...I gave her a dollar per tooth. And grandma would give her another dollar. My son gets a dollar also. I can't imagine giving any more than that!!
lickety-split lickety-split 9 years
our tooth fairy leaves gifts. a scrap book making kit, a barbie, and webkinz. money doesn't have much meaning and then they think they can buy candy. i also leave a feather on the floor. they think it's from her wings :)
Jessie-M Jessie-M 9 years
We always got $1 for the 'front' teeth, and $2 for molars. $20 per tooth just seems ridiculous!
AKirstin AKirstin 9 years
Same here, radarkitty. She got $5 for her first tooth and $1 after that.
kiwitwist kiwitwist 9 years
I think a dollar is sufficient.
lms lms 9 years
The tooth fairy at my house is very random. I think I gave her $5 the first time. However, when some of her other teeth fell out we only had $10's or she got $10. She came to expect that from there on in(although it doesn't always happen). Now that we have a puppy who is losing teeth, she tries to get money for the dog. I told her there is no such thing as a dog tooth fairy b/c the puppy swallows all her teeth.
babysugar babysugar 9 years
MarinerMandy, that's hilarious. I'll have to tell my child that grandma's toothfairy is fancier than ours.
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