The Tooth Fairy Pays WHAT?!?!

[ 12 ] January 19, 2011 |

Last Saturday night, The Diva announced that she had a loose tooth.

Her first loose tooth.

She’s very excited. I’m a little weirded out.

I didn’t think she would start losing teeth at this age, but apparently this is all normal. So now I get to play The Tooth Fairy.

It dawned on me yesterday that I had no idea what The Tooth Fairy pays for a lost tooth these days. So I did what any tech savvy mama would do: I tweeted out my question. The answers I got were rather shocking. For a first tooth, she pays around $5. FIVE DOLLARS!


When I expressed my sticker shock over this, I was told that the first tooth is a big deal and should get more of a pay out. Subsequent teeth should get between $1-3. I think I got 50 cents for my lost teeth. My Husband says he got a quarter. It did not matter what tooth fell out, we got the same amount. I understand inflation. I understand the kids needed a better return on their investment. But FIVE DOLLARS?? Holy crap, Batman!!

As my friend Jesse said “At $5 my first-born would be in the bathroom with a pair of pliers..” I hear that! Hell, I would have been doing the same thing if she was paying out $5 a tooth!

I’m not sure what to do now, but I better figure it out quick because that tooth will fall out very soon.

So what does The Tooth Fairy pay for teeth in your house? And how long does it take for the tooth to completely fall out once it’s loose? I’m flying by the seat of my pants here. I need a little help, guys.


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  1. sarah says:

    Blake got a dollar for his thats because he lost two at once. Nate hasnt lost any yet. I am sure it is coming. We pay 50cents apparently our tooth fairy is the poor tooth fairy. Really between santa, the easter bunny, valentines day. These kids make a small fortune off of us.
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  2. Pam says:

    Wow! When we were kids we got around 50 cents each per tooth. LOL! I have to start at tooth fairy account my toddlers don’t break the bank.

  3. Alison says:

    I was just telling Hunter about the tooth fairy last night. I got maybe a $1 and a pack of sticker earring for the first tooth.
    He wants… a dead bug. Sigh.
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  4. Faythe says:

    I remember getting small change. thats what we gave the boys, pocket change & stickers if I had some… they lose a few kinda grouped together at first ( in front, get ready for pumpkin faces).. so I would not pay out $5 for the 1st one! no way would she be excited to get less after that! just saying… depends on the tooth & the kid, if she plays with it a lot with her finger or tongue it could be out by tonight or next week. some of the bigger ones are more stubborn, bigger roots.
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  5. Kellie says:

    $1 and fairy dust, tops, for my kids…unless the dentist has to pull them out. I gave my daughter Itunes and Starbucks cards when she had 2 teeth pulled before she got braces.

  6. Wow…the price of inflation is amazing. I can’t believe 5.00 for a tooth. I remember when my 30 year old jecked me for 75 cents.
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  7. Wow! I was lucky to get maybe a dollar when I lost a tooth back in the day. Guess inflation hits us all LOL

  8. Randy Deaver says:

    Back when I was a kid in West Columbia, I received a quarter for my first lost tooth. The amount didn’t change. That’s easy money for your little kid right there. Just, wow. I mean, five dollars for a lost tooth? The tooth fairy sure got rich these days. Let’s say that the amount your kid gets doesn’t change. That’s around 20 or more milk teeth. That’s enough for you to go to a dental facility for a treatment! I wish the tooth fairy was that rich when I was young. =(

  9. Andrew.L. says:

    That is funny!! I never know about that tooth fairy,
    you need to pay for it.
    great post!

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