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How Much Does the Tooth Fairy Pay Today?


How much does the Tooth Fairy pay today?Check out RB40Jr’s shark teeth! Wow, that’s pretty gnarly. I thought the baby tooth is supposed to come out first before the permanent tooth shows up. His baby teeth in front are wiggling and we hope they fall out in a few days. Luckily, we had a dentist appointment scheduled and she assured us that shark teeth are pretty common. The primary teeth should come off soon and if they don’t, then we’ll go back to the dentist. I offered to tie floss to his tooth and pull it out, but he declined. Kids these days are so spoiled. My dad pulled my baby teeth out with pliers. It must have traumatized me because that’s about the only thing I remember from my early childhood. I never needed braces so I guess the pliers worked.

That’s why we’re trying to figure out how much RB40Jr should get from the Tooth Fairy. Mrs. RB40 thinks he should get 50 cents per tooth and she has begun saving the nice shiny quarters for this purpose. Oh man, that is a little cheap. I think he should get at least a buck. Even better, maybe I can get a few $2 bills from the bank for the tooth fairy. Wouldn’t that be cool?

New Dentist

new dentistOh, RB40Jr just changed to a specialized children’s dentist. He was previously accompanying us to our dentist. This new dental office is really great. There are toys for the kids to play with while they’re waiting for their appointments. They have a flat screen TV mounted on the ceiling so kids can watch cartoons while they’re getting their teeth cleaned. His new dentist is really awesome, too. She’s so good with kids and it sounds like she really knows her stuff. I’m really glad we moved to this dental office. Like I said, spoiled rotten…

Tooth Fairy

Anyway, I asked around and kids are making a bundle from the Tooth Fairy these days. Check it out.

  • Z got $5
  • O got $150 for 4 teeth! (According to RB40Jr so this might not be entirely accurate.)
  • A got $10
  • S got $2

I told RB40Jr that his friends’ Tooth Fairy is richer than ours. The Tooth Fairy serving the wealthy neighborhood on the hill naturally needs a larger budget than the downtown tooth fairy. The downtown tooth fairy has more clients and a ton of homeless people to attend to. Homeless people lose more teeth so our tooth fairy has to spread it around much more. So that’s why he’s not getting $150.

Actually, I’m not really into the Tooth Fairy because I lived in Thailand when I was young. My dad never gave me any money after pulling my baby tooth out. I’m lucky he didn’t charge an extraction fee. Mrs. RB40 got anywhere from a quarter to $2 for her tooth, but that was almost 40 years ago. (She had to write a long letter to the Tooth Fairy to get $2 because her mom dropped that tooth down the drain when she was rinsing it off.) I guess Mrs. RB40 doesn’t believe in inflation. I suppose we could go with 50 cents first and then increase it later.

*I read that it’s better to start off small and increase it later. If you start off with $5, you can’t go down to $1. That’s lifestyle inflation for ya.

Alright, I found a Tooth Fairy poll from Delta Dental.

delta dental Tooth Fairy index

Interestingly, the tooth fairy index tracks the S&P 500 pretty closely. Wow, $5 is normal now. That’s more than I thought. People can’t save for retirement, but they can give their kids $100 for 20 baby teeth? Sounds like a prioritization issue to me.

What does the Tooth Fairy pay out in your household? If you don’t have kids, how much did you get when you were young? Please include the year in your answer if possible.

*Update* He let me pull a loose tooth out this evening. It was really easy. I didn’t have time to go to the bank yet so he’ll get 4 shiny quarters for this first tooth. 🙂

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  • Chuck Fulco August 10, 2017, 12:31 am

    Joe, I always used a silver dollar for my kiddos. A unique gift that they normally don’t see in circulation, so it is something very special. Also, I would offer to take care of the coin so they would not lose it. And for one son, this procedure evolved into an educational coin collecting hobby for a few years.

    • retirebyforty August 10, 2017, 9:23 am

      Wow, a real silver dollar? That’s $20 to $50. I don’t even have one. 🙂
      Maybe I can get one for the last tooth. Great hobby.

  • Indi August 10, 2017, 1:08 am

    I gave my son 10 AED (2.7 USD). He was happy and I thought it was good till I asked my son’s friend and she got 100 AED (27 USD), I felt cheap!

    • retirebyforty August 10, 2017, 9:25 am

      100 AED, that sounds like a lot of money. I assume things are more expensive there.

  • sendaiben August 10, 2017, 1:20 am

    Heh, we’re in Japan so there is no tooth fairy. Kids get New Year’s money instead, but their parents tend to keep that for later 🙂

    Our granddaughter is five and has a Junior NISA account (tax free savings she gets access to when she’s 18) so I guess that makes up for the tooth fairy’s absence 🙂

    • retirebyforty August 10, 2017, 9:26 am

      No Tooth Fairy in Japan? Great! 🙂
      Our kid gets a few dollars for Lunar New Year as well.

  • Grant @ Life Prep Couple August 10, 2017, 1:57 am

    I got one dollar per tooth and I was losing them around 1993-96.

    I actually still have three baby teeth as three of my permanent teeth never came in. One is getting pretty loose so it won’t be long I will need some implants. I was joking with the dentist saying maybe the tooth fairy rate has gone up and will help offset the cost. He kind of gave me a look and said “it is embarrassing to hear how much money some of these parents pay their 5-year old for losing teeth.” Who knows maybe RB Jr had an accurate #.

    • retirebyforty August 10, 2017, 9:27 am

      Good luck with the implant. I heard it’s pretty expensive. Oh, I should have asked the dentist when we were there. She would have been a great source. Next time…

  • Ember @ An Intentional Lifestyle August 10, 2017, 3:17 am

    We’re actually going through this too! Our daughter has her first tooth about to come out. But I will say I’m with your wife. I only planned $.25 to $.50 per tooth. I got maybe $.25 when I was a kid. And kids don’t care how much they get, they’re just really excited to get money!

    • retirebyforty August 10, 2017, 9:28 am

      A quarter? That’s way too cheap. Think about inflation. 🙂

  • Retiring On My Terms August 10, 2017, 3:39 am

    We gave our children (over the past several years) $5 for their first lost tooth, but then we dialed it back to a buck or two after that. What the tooth fairy delivered was far more dependent on whether we had any $1 bills and what kind of loose change we had lying around than any real deep thinking. We did find that the random Susan B. Anthony dollar, Sacagawea dollar, or Presidential dollar coins were big hits when we happened to have one of those tucked aside. Same thing with the half dollar. Those different shaped and colored coins from the tooth fairy were a big hit in the ROMT household!

    • retirebyforty August 10, 2017, 9:37 am

      Thanks for sharing. I’ll see if I can get some unusual coins/bills from the bank. That’s a great tip.

  • Pennypincher August 10, 2017, 4:03 am

    I can’t believe how fast RB40jr is growing up!
    Well, if you payout top dollar then you are setting a precedent, always remember that. Ask yourself, do you really want to do that? Kids don’t know the value of a dollar until years later, when they really have to earn it.
    As with everything in life, teach him there’s a catch-he must save half of it for-
    “a rainy day”
    or something big he can save up for
    Yes, there’s always a catch in life-ha,ha. : )

    • retirebyforty August 10, 2017, 9:37 am

      I think you’re right. There will be endless complaints if the rate per tooth drops. It’s like a pay cut.

  • Lazy Man and Money August 10, 2017, 4:05 am

    I think the Tooth Fairy paid around 50 cents when I was a kid (I’m about the same age as you, Joe). It might have been 75 cents.

    If it were me, I might go with a variety of coins to start with. My son is a little younger than yours, but he doesn’t grasp how to add up the value of different coins. Maybe RBjr is a little further along, but it could be cool to get different coins?

    A $2 bill would be cool, but the problem is that it is hard to spend. It’s almost like memorabilia than money.

    • retirebyforty August 10, 2017, 9:38 am

      Jr is very good with adding so he doesn’t really need that practice. He can collect the $2 bills!

  • Al August 10, 2017, 4:15 am

    Oh my, a tooth fairy story. You are getting creative Joe. Wonder what your Dad would say.
    Love your engagement with your kid. We had the same thoughts and feelings.

    A couple of thoughts. First, self-image in many cases is developed through childhood trauma as you recalled the pillars with your Dad. Same with your kid.

    Dental health is of the utmost importance in overall health and financial independence. Rich people live longer and have better teeth. Hint!

    Back to the tooth fairy, it’s a teaching moment. One is that, what his friends get do not matter, only what he gets. The right amount is whatever you can fairly afford and deem appropriate for developing his self-image. Personality, confidence, etc..

    As you experienced, your Dad would had charged you for the extraction. Obviously, you had a great deal of respect for him and foremost you felt he loved you in his own way and helped you become who you are today. Please sent him a thank you note if he is still with us.

    So how much should it be? How much his self image will stand without being a trauma? We give our grandkids $1 to $5 depending if is a front or back teeth. Trying to show them the value of money but also the value of self. Maybe buy him one share of a hot upcoming stock and show him how it works.

    Ultimately, it’s not about the amount but the love you share with them and how they felt it in their time of change.

    We just spent $18000 between implants and braces in preparation for long term retirement. Health wise, you chew better and become more healthy thus live longer.

    Thank you for sharing your warm family experience. It reminded me how I felt when my three kids loss their teeth and where excited about the visit of the tooth fairy.

    It’s about love, It’s about them, and one day you will remenence too.

    • retirebyforty August 10, 2017, 10:00 am

      When I was young, we didn’t have much money so I got mostly cheap stuff. Fortunately, all my friends were mostly poor too. It’d be a much tougher lesson when the classmates’ parents are all pretty wealthy. Let me try and see how it goes.
      I think implants are great too, but do they really improve health? I will read up on that. Where did you get your implants? In the US?

      • Al August 10, 2017, 12:17 pm

        Hi Joe,
        Do whatever you deem appropriate. Our maternal grandfather used to place a Spanish gold coin in the belly bottom of each newborn child. Dont feel or let other people make you feel you have to do something. Be true to yourself and most of those people are full of crap. Don’t let pressure make you do anything. Teach your kid to be himself by being yourself.

        Yes, got all three implants and braces here downtown, at the high rent district. Costs in my research had been pretty stagnet in the states over several decades. For example, my braces were estimated to take 12 to 18 months and took 36 months. Make sure you get a flat fee no time frame link to it like we did.

        Yes, if you are missing teeth your ability to chew is not the same and affects your digestive system which affects everything else.

        Best wishes to you and your family…

  • Mr. Freaky Frugal August 10, 2017, 4:23 am

    I had 1 shark tooth when I was a kid. I went to the dentist and he pulled the tooth without Novacaine. I remember a crunching and crackling sound, followed by a brief spike in pain, and then spitting blood. Thanks for bringing back that fond childhood memory. 🙂

    My adult sons are in their 2os now, but to the best of my recollection the tooth fairy used to leave $1 to $2 under their pillows.

    • retirebyforty August 10, 2017, 10:03 am

      Heh heh, you’re welcome. I don’t remember going to the dentist much when I was young. Going to the dentist wasn’t considered necessary for kids back then in Thailand.

  • Amber August 10, 2017, 4:27 am

    Fun times! The tooth fairy leaves one of those “golden” dollar coins for each tooth. You can get a whole roll and stash it for those last minute teeth!

    • Adam August 10, 2017, 5:26 am

      No kids now and I was lucky to get a quarter in the mid-80s, but this is exactly what I’d do today.

    • retirebyforty August 10, 2017, 10:04 am

      I’ll check at the bank. Good call.

  • Maria August 10, 2017, 4:33 am

    My parents didn’t believe in the tooth fairy so we got Zero in our Latino household. However my kids got as much change as we could fine or $1.00 bill if we had no change! Half the time we would forget so we had to tell them the tooth fairy was running late and would deliver the following night! Shame on us!!!

    • retirebyforty August 10, 2017, 10:05 am

      My younger brothers didn’t get any money from the tooth fairy either. My parents probably didn’t know about the tooth fairy when we moved to the US. 🙂

  • Apathy ends August 10, 2017, 4:34 am

    $5 sounds about right, or whatever cash I actually have in the house sounds even better.

    I do think it’s a little weird to keep old parts of your body laying around to sell to a mythical creature

    How about instead of paying for the ones that fall out, you pay for cavity free dentist appointments! Think of the savings there!!!

    • retirebyforty August 10, 2017, 10:06 am

      Good idea with the cavity free visit. We’ve had good luck so far and he needs to keep up the brushing regiment.

  • Nicoleandmaggie August 10, 2017, 4:44 am

    The tooth fairy gives whatever is most convenient when they realize crap D.C. put a tooth under the pillow. Usually that’s a dollar or two but sometimes it’s a 5 because that’s what the tooth fairy had. Starting out the tooth fairy was much more careful and gave dollar coins or two dollar bills in order to mark the special occasion, but kids have a lot of baby teeth and the tooth fairy has a day job in addition to their part time tooth fairying.

    • retirebyforty August 10, 2017, 10:06 am

      It’s tough to be the tooth fairy in this credit card age. Maybe Jr should sign up for a Square account. 🙂

  • Jeff @ Maximum Cents August 10, 2017, 4:59 am

    I used to get a dollar per tooth in the late 80s. I would say a dollar or 2 should still be enough today.

  • Ms. Frugal Asian Finance August 10, 2017, 5:00 am

    Teeth and dentists just sound really painful to me. I hope RB40Jr wasn’t traumatized by the whole experience because I would be.

    When I was little, my cousin pulled out my baby teeth with threads. A cup of salt water later, I was on the move again. I never got any money for the Tooth Fairy. Like you, I was lucky my cousin did by charge me a fee for his in-house dental service @[email protected]

  • [email protected] August 10, 2017, 5:32 am

    Working in a primary school with over 800 kids, I saw my share of wiggly and lost teeth! And it was amazing what kids said the tooth fairy brought. For some it was $10 or more (and these were often kids whose parents couldn’t afford that…), for others a dollar or even a toothbrush 🙂 The kids compare you know! We always did a dollar – simple and easy. Remembering to play “tooth fairy” was always the hard part!

    • retirebyforty August 10, 2017, 10:08 am

      $10 is a lot especially if you can’t afford it. A dollar is much more appropriate. 🙂

  • Mike August 10, 2017, 5:41 am

    Our 6 year old has the shark teeth on the bottom too right now. We do $1 per tooth. I think I got $0.50 when I was a kid in the late 80s/early 90s. The amounts that some people are giving out are crazy

  • Miss Mazuma August 10, 2017, 5:58 am

    I love that you can use your experience’s with your Dad against your kids arguments. Hysterical! I think a $2 bill is a good way to go. It’s money, most don’t have one, and $5 is a bundle when you consider how many teeth will soon be falling out…you’ll be broke! 🙂

  • Brad - MaximizeYourMoney.com August 10, 2017, 6:19 am

    I guess I’m a cheapskate because we only did one dollar. Our daughter is 21 now, so this was a while ago, but from looking at your chart, we were cheap even back then. 🙂

    • retirebyforty August 10, 2017, 10:09 am

      No way I’d give $5 for a tooth. Maybe the last one, but not the first one. 🙂

  • Ty Roberts August 10, 2017, 6:22 am

    The tooth fairy pays $5 bucks per tooth at our place. Because I’ve got four kids I’ll never be financially independent until the last tooth in my youngest kids comes out ?

    Two other things: one of ours had shark teeth in the exact same spot as Jr. That first row came out and the permanent teeth moved nicely into place. Also, I’ve pulled a total of (at least) 4 teeth from my kids’ with pliers. I personally consider that to be a peak dad moment!

    • retirebyforty August 10, 2017, 10:10 am

      That’s $400 for teeth! You need a tooth fairy budget. 🙂
      Another pliers dad, nice job. I’ll break out the pliers if they don’t come out by Sunday.

  • RB August 10, 2017, 6:36 am

    Our son got $10 when his first 3 teeth came out in a traumatic incident that resulted in 1 flying across the room and 2 more needing to be extracted by the dentist. Since then, regular baby teeth that fall out of their own accord have garnered a $2 payout.

    • retirebyforty August 10, 2017, 10:17 am

      Karate kick practice? 🙂 Ouch!

  • Ying August 10, 2017, 6:56 am

    “I’m lucky he didn’t charge an extraction fee.”

    Hahaha! Asian parenting 🙂

  • Darren August 10, 2017, 6:57 am

    Haha! Even the downtown tooth fairy doesnt visit our home. There’s been no mention of the tooth fairy. We’re trying to manage our kids’ expectations. We want our kids to understand how money works to the extreme.

    • retirebyforty August 10, 2017, 10:17 am

      Smart move! Mrs. RB40 mentioned the tooth fairy so the cat is out of the bag. 🙁

  • Mrs. Picky Pincher August 10, 2017, 7:01 am

    Bahaha! I love the tooth fairy index! My tooth fairy paid about $1 – $5 per tooth (this was back in the 90s). I actually got $10 when a silver tooth would fall out (I had a lot of cavities that were capped, so this was quite lucrative for a 9-year-old).

    We don’t have kiddos yet, but I imagine the tooth fairy will be pretty frugal. Probs a lot of spare change and a couple of bucks, honestly.

  • Kim August 10, 2017, 7:35 am

    When the boys were little they got toys from the tooth fairy. The little Lego mystery packs were a big hit. I think those were less than $5 at the time. As they got older they would get $5 per tooth. In comparison, as a kid I got a shiny quarter to $1. It was a lot of fun to do and the boys looked forward to it. It didn’t break the bank for us so I’d say go with what feels right for your family.

    • retirebyforty August 10, 2017, 10:19 am

      That’s cool. Our kid would like that much more than money. Maybe I’ll get a little toy for him for the last few teeth.

  • Jen F August 10, 2017, 7:47 am

    We had shark teeth here too! The baby teeth came out on their own so we didn’t need to make another trip to the dentist:)

    The tooth fairy gives $1 per tooth in our house. I work the school store at my kids school and many come with silver dollars or fairy bills (dollar bills with glitter on it) from the tooth fairy.

    My daughter had the beginnings of a loose tooth and tried to pull it out herself while we were at the shore. Her friend told her the tooth fairy gives $5 there. ?

    • retirebyforty August 10, 2017, 10:20 am

      Really? I’d give $5 or even $10 for self extraction. Much cheaper than going to the dentist. 🙂

      • Jen F August 10, 2017, 2:16 pm

        If I did that she’d pull all her teeth out. ?

  • Cory @ Growing Dollars from Cents.com August 10, 2017, 7:52 am


    Kinds these days are getting $5 for from the tooth fairy? In my day I only got $1 but it never increased.

    The tooth fairy is getting quite generous… Haha!

  • Physician on FIRE August 10, 2017, 8:03 am

    Our kids get Ten Shiny Dimes (aka a dollar) per tooth. And we’ve already spent several thousand dollars at the orthodontist for our eight-year old. I’ve invoiced the tooth fairy for that one and haven’t heard back.

    Those shark teeth are pretty wicked. Wow. Oh, and I have gone after both boys’ teeth with needle-nosed pliers. Works well.


    • retirebyforty August 10, 2017, 10:21 am

      10 dimes is pretty cool. Wow, orthodontist for kids that young? I guess we’ve been lucky. I thought orthodontist is for older kids.

  • Mr. Tako August 10, 2017, 8:24 am

    When I was a kid, all we got was the spare change from my Dad’s pocket. I suppose that could have been around 50 cents.

    I’m not sure if we’re going to give our kids money for their teeth. They haven’t lost any yet, but Mrs. Tako isn’t really into it, and I think it kinda sets a weird example: selling body parts for money.

  • Jim @ Route To Retire August 10, 2017, 8:35 am

    Our daughter is now 7 and still hasn’t lost a tooth yet, which seems a little crazy. Regardless, we haven’t set an amount yet, but I would bet that $5 might be the right number (we used to get a dollar as kids).

    It’s funny, because it doesn’t make much difference in our extended family. Grandpa (on the wife’s side) pays $20 per tooth to the grand kids for whatever strange reason. When you tooth fairy is being outbid, she tends not to get any teeth for any of the kids!

    — Jim

    • retirebyforty August 10, 2017, 10:22 am

      Wow, $20 per tooth! Score! I’d save the teeth for whenever Grandpa visited. 🙂

  • Sarah De Diego August 10, 2017, 8:36 am

    Dear 40,

    My kids asked if the tooth fairy was real and being the (bad?) parent that I am, I told them the truth. Even so, losing teeth is a milestone that we still wanted to celebrate.

    I didn’t want the whole ordeal to continue on forever and/or have my kids encouraging their teeth to come out for money. So, we decided to give each of our kids toys when they lost their first tooth. Since they’re the same age, that meant one toy each, twice. The toys were picked by us and from a kid and parent approved list. They ranged from $25-50 (!!!) totaling $150-200. At the end of the day, they were toys that we would have bought them anyways for their birthday or other life event so money well spent.

    Had we gone the $$$ route, I would have probably paid $1 a tooth.

    All the best with this fun and exciting time.

    Besos Sarah.

    • retirebyforty August 10, 2017, 10:23 am

      Telling the truth is hard! We had the same problem with Santa Claus.

      • Sarah De Diego August 10, 2017, 1:12 pm

        Santa Claus has never come to our house (for many reasons, we do celebrate the spirit of Christmas though) so they never thought he existed anyways. However, I was worried about when they went to school that they’d tell all their friends so I said that “Santa Claus comes to kids in need”. Now my kids think all the kids in their class are in need 🙂 Not a bad thing and probably true for some of them but half truths may get me into trouble yet.

  • Justin August 10, 2017, 9:12 am

    2 bucks per tooth. Or 2 Canadian bucks, 30 Mexican pesos, or 2 euros depending on what country/continent we were in as they lost teeth. But basically aiming for USD$2 per tooth 🙂

    Just enough to get a little something but not making them rich or bankrupting us parents. And it prevents envy when they tell their friends what they get from the tooth fairy.

    • retirebyforty August 10, 2017, 10:24 am

      At least you guys live in a cheaper area. Our school is full of rich kids! 🙂

  • Martin August 10, 2017, 9:13 am

    For kids its not the amount, but how it looks. I think they would be much more excited by a dollar coin(s) than dollar bill(s).

    It’s amazing nowadays how few fillings children (and adults) need. My two children are 22 and 17 and have no fillings. I had loads when I was growing up, but have not had any in the past 20 years. Not sure if it is fluoride in the water, or advances in toothpaste? I still eat as much candy!!

    • retirebyforty August 10, 2017, 10:25 am

      Our kid doesn’t have fillings either. I think he probably brush better and eat a bit less candy. Portland water is not fluoridated. 🙂

  • Mr Crazy Kicks August 10, 2017, 9:58 am

    Hah, I love the tooth fairy price chart. Very interesting that it tracks the s&p500 🙂

    I also like the idea of giving a collectable coin… But maybe that’s because I have a bunch of coins from when I was a kid to unload 🙂

  • Mrs. Adventure Rich August 10, 2017, 10:08 am

    We have yet to put on the tooth fairy wings in our household (AR Jr. is 2), but we will soon enough! I remember my parents would do a variety of things… sometimes a few quarters, sometimes a pack of gum, sometimes a small toy type item. Haha- I have no idea what we will do with AR Jr. yet!

  • jim August 10, 2017, 11:00 am

    Quite interesting how the tooth fairy index tracks the S&P 500.

  • Melissa August 10, 2017, 12:42 pm

    I don’t have kids and don’t have much to add to this topic, but I just wanted to say that I LOST IT at the Tooth Fairy Index graph. Seriously, still laughing so hard right now! And it tracks the S&P500. Too funny!

  • Preston Hunt August 10, 2017, 5:21 pm

    Great timing of your article… my son lost his first tooth two days ago! I went by the bank and picked up forty $2 bills (one bill each for two kids at 20 kids per tooth). He was thrilled with the $2 bill. Like many commenters, I feel what’s most important is the uniqueness rather than the amount (e.g. Sacajawea coin, $2 bill, etc.).

    • retirebyforty August 11, 2017, 8:44 am

      I’m heading to the bank today. 🙂
      Some dollar coins would be cool too.

  • Lynda Orman August 10, 2017, 6:06 pm

    Hi Joe,

    We would go to the bank and get a roll of Gold dollar coins. One for each tooth. My boys loved that they looked like treasure. Plus the tooth fairy would put it in the tooth shaped pillow that had a little pocket for the tooth and coin. Have fun with it

  • Jacq August 10, 2017, 7:33 pm

    We’d get a silver dollar, or a $2. I think maybe a Susan B Anthony. I’d go for the gold coins, or shiny quarters.
    I started writing to the tooth fairy and she wrote back. I still have the tiny scrolls in a memory box somewhere. (My mom is an amazing woman.)

  • Anil August 10, 2017, 10:31 pm

    Same here Joe, didn’t grow up with a tooth-fairy story. However, some people did keep their teeth stored forever.

  • Adriana @MoneyJourney August 11, 2017, 4:04 am

    I actually found out about the tooth fairy when I was all grown up. I’m not sorry though, I’ve had so many dental problems as a kid, I probably would have been scared of the Tooth Fairy instead of excited she’ll pay me a visit 😀

  • Revanche @ A Gai Shan Life August 11, 2017, 10:20 am

    I’ve never seen shark teeth like that before! My immigrant parents did the Santa thing but not the tooth fairy, we were told just be grateful that we were getting new teeth in place of the baby teeth! Also I think losing teeth was a bit traumatic because I’m left with memories of wiggling loose teeth and having nightmares about losing my adult teeth. 🙂

    I might consider giving JB $2 bills for zir teeth but we may skip that tradition entirely. It wasn’t ever a big deal for us, but we’ll see how it goes with zir. There definitely won’t be a big payout, that inspired one of my younger cousins to try and pull out more teeth unnecessarily!!

  • Donna August 13, 2017, 7:24 am

    We used to get a dime for each tooth 1965-1968. Kids across the street got a quarter each. Our parents were younger and poorer. I don’t remember it being a major issue for us to get less than they did (or I may have blocked it out).

  • Laura August 15, 2017, 2:35 pm

    Trying to remember (youngest lost her last tooth early this year)…
    For the first tooth it was either $2 or $5, and then $1 for each after that. Actually, maybe first tooth was $1 + one of each coin. At any rate, I know we are “cheaper” than some parents, but the kids don’t mind. But we also started allowance at age 5 unlike some of their friends, so there is that.

    And for when it happens (and it will), if the tooth fairy doesn’t show, weather is often a great excuse. Ours has gotten delayed by snow storms in the Rockies, rain storms, needed to rest lest she suffer heat stroke, etc.

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