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My Kids Have Cheap Tooth Fairies

When I was a little girl, I got nickles and dimes when I lost teeth. When I found out other kids in my kindergarten class in 1978 got quarters, I was a bit disappointed but I never complained. I had everything I needed so the change the tooth fairy gave me was just something to play with at that age.

When I had my own children, I wanted to make sure they were getting what other kids got. Through my research, I found that $1 was the going rate for a tooth in the mid to late 90s. My daughter was happy with her dollars and she never complained.

Recently I found out that $1 is way too little for a tooth in today's market. Ooops. Our tooth fairies are still giving a dollar a tooth while other kids say they get a lot more. I heard a kid at my son's school say she got $20 for a tooth. They obviously have a rich tooth fairy. I can't afford $20 a tooth. Other kids say they get $5.

The day before yesterday, two of my children lost a tooth. If our tooth fairy paid $20 a tooth, I'd be broke right now. I would have given them more than a dollar but then they would have expected more all the time. I'd also have to explain inflation and cost of living. I opted for the easy route and gave $1 a tooth.

Regardless of how much the tooth fairy pays in other houses, my kids are happy with their dollars. How much does your kids' tooth fairy pay for teeth?

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OnlyErin6 wrote on January 3, 2015, 9:20 AM

My mom gave me $2 per tooth, if I remember correctly... that was in the early nineties. She made me leave carrots out for the Easter bunny too, not just cookies for Santa.

wolfgirl569 wrote on January 3, 2015, 9:32 AM

I only gave a dollar but it was in the eighties. I got a quarter or two per tooth if I remember right. Thats been a long time.

peachpurple wrote on January 3, 2015, 9:46 AM

A kiss on the forehead, i can't afford a dollar either

Ellis wrote on January 3, 2015, 10:43 AM

My parents told me the tooth fairy was mugged on the way to my

iRun wrote on January 3, 2015, 7:28 PM

I think my daughter got $5 for her first tooth, and $1 for subsequent ones. She's almost 11 now so the tooth fairy's job is nearly over lol. She also received extra when she had one or two pulled because they wouldn't come out and her new teeth were coming in wrong. When I was little, I probably got a quarter.

MsTina wrote on January 3, 2015, 7:32 PM

I was going to give my son $5 because he lost his first molar but when I got up to put it under his pillow I found out that he had all three of the tablets I bought the kids for Christmas next to him on the side of my bed. Since he wasn't in his bed and the tooth fairy couldn't find him, he had to wait until the next night.

scheng1 wrote on January 4, 2015, 7:18 AM

Next time when you grow very old, and your teeth start to drop off, you can get your children to give you money.

k2705 wrote on January 4, 2015, 4:09 PM

I can't remember what I got but $29 is a lot for a tooth.

paigea wrote on January 5, 2015, 2:23 PM

I can't remember. But since we had one dollar and two dollar coins, I am guessing they got one of those coins.