What is the going rate for the Tooth Fairy??

Erika - posted on 11/17/2009 ( 102 moms have responded )

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My son just lost his first tooth. My husband and I have been trying to figure out how much money tto leave under his pillow. My arguement was that it is his first, so we could give hime more, but my husband thinks he will be expecting it all the time. What is the going rate for the tooth fairy?

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Jennifer - posted on 10/06/2011

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ours leaves a gold dollar. They are neat and the kids have never seen them before. Also easy to slip under the pillow.

Shae - posted on 10/06/2011

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We got paid $2 bucks per tooth if it was clean, $1 if it wasn't... I think I'll keep up with that. Maybe with my daughter's first tooth take her out somewhere of her choice as a treat, but let her know that it's a one time thing.

Arlene - posted on 10/05/2011

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We gave only a dollar be cause it adds up and with her chorse money and the tooth fairy. It all adds up to spend at the end of the month.

Teresa - posted on 09/30/2011

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We do $5 bucks a tooth. He doesn't lose them all at once and nowadays 5 bucks doesn't get you much.

Julie - posted on 09/30/2011

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We have done $2 a tooth until last night. My son had to go to the dentist, get numb and have 2 pulled -- so the tooth fairy was overly generous and left $20 for those due to the circumstances.

BelleoftheNorth - posted on 09/30/2011

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When my daughter lost her tooth, we were at a loss. My husband is one of those people who believes in absolute honesty. He wasn't sure about playing along with a make believe fairy, however I was full ready and go. So we came up with our own 'high tech myth' that works. Daddy got on his cell and 'called' the tooth fairy's assistant (especially since there were going to be times she was at her mother's). I took the tooth and went to wash it, since the tooth fairy doesn't like blood in her showcase. I got a 'wrap' started around the dollar coin in the bathroom and formed a nice wad and taped it (since believe me she'd try to peek). and placed the money under her pillow the entire night, having the tooth in my special case. She loves it and always asks us to call the tooth fairy..the rule being that the tooth fairy only takes the best teeth and will reject any tooth that shows signs of being harvested early. She's picky that way.

Laura - posted on 08/22/2011

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When my daughter lost her first tooth she got 5 dollars and a packet of bangle bracelets. But she didnt get the chance to loose that tooth on her own it had to be pulled by the dentist so she got a bit more. She has her first real loose tooth and I figure 1 or 2 dollars for that one

Erin - posted on 07/20/2011

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We did $2.00 for the first tooth and $1.00 for the rest... She hasn't had an argument about expecting it all the time. I explained the the Tooth Fairy gives more for the first tooth.... Although, my ex husband and his wife (my daughter's dad and step-mom) stinkin' gave my daughter $15.00 when she lost a tooth on vacation with her. That is ABSOLUTELY ridiculous! I told my daughter that maybe it was a Substitue Tooth Fairy that day and she didn'tknow how much to give..... LOL!

Miranda - posted on 11/25/2009

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My daughter just lost her 1st tooth and we gave her $5.00. (so she can get a happy meal!) but I think the going rate will be $2.00 for the rest.

Kris - posted on 11/25/2009

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wow, the prices are up! My kids are both 9 and they get 50 cents...I guess I am old fashion or cheap.

Priya - posted on 11/25/2009

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For our son, we did $2.00 for the first tooth and then $1 for the next. It is true, they will expect the same each time.

Tanya - posted on 11/25/2009

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We gave my daughter $5 for the first tooth and $1 for the others. She is getting ready to loose her first top tooth so we may give her $5 for that one.

Linda - posted on 11/25/2009

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I would put 50 pence under the pillow. Kids can't buy much these days for anything under 50p. Or you could put £1 under the pillow and encourage your son to save half the money and let him spend the other half. That is my estimation yet I know some folk that would put 20p under the pillow.

Danielle - posted on 11/24/2009

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I have always given a dollar a tooth! And they like it in quarters cuz they make it last longer! lol

Marge - posted on 11/24/2009

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We give the value of a hand size packet of crisps. We live in Rep of South Africa and that is about Ten Rands (R10.00) per tooth, giving in silver coins. so it looks like a lot of money! :)

Arlene - posted on 11/23/2009

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i agree a flat $1.00 per tooth and a reward of something for the pain of waiting and the tooth slowly falling out or being pulled out.however,there was pain for that child. the child will get up to $5 or $10 or more by the time all those teeth fall out.so, what's the big deal anyways!!

Mari - posted on 11/23/2009

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i am glad i read this post ...my daughter's has been waiting for the tooth fair for a few days now because i couldnt decided on how much to give :)

Lisa - posted on 11/23/2009

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Well my daughter got between 2-5 depending on how brave she was. she as beign building a mighty piggy bank. :-)

Tiffany - posted on 11/23/2009

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Ok, so my son lost his first two teeth a couple weeks apart. I gave him two dollars for each tooth, but I told him that the tooth fairy only leaves money for the first two teeth that falls out. hehehehe

Jo Dee - posted on 11/23/2009

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lol wow what happened to just a quarter LOL. thats all we ever got! My oldest is just about to loose her first tooth. Yeah maybe 1 or 2 for the very first but $5 wow, with 2 and both having a mouth full of teeth we shall be broke before they all come out LOL! I also like the Gold Dollar coin idea, their "poppy" (my dad) will get those for them for christmas and put them in their stocking and they think its treasure the Gold Coins are a rad idea=]

Lisa - posted on 11/22/2009

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My husband and I give $1 per year of age. so if he/she losses it at age 6 he/she gets 6dollars seems to be the going rate at the school too.

Kelly - posted on 11/22/2009

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my daughter lost her first tooth at 4 we didnt have a dollar bill so i gave her 4 quarters and told her the tooth fairy gave her 4 quarters becuase she was 4. so our going rate is a quarter per year of age... lol my son just lost his so since he is 5 he got 5 quarters

Gene - posted on 11/22/2009

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2.00 per tooth and 5.00 for the molar
if pulled by the dentist than I would give my child a 10.00

my son is 6 and i think this is a good age for him to start saving in h is piggy bank

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We give $1 per tooth...so far she has only lost 2 teeth...I am planning on giving $2 for the molars :) What we do is we safe that money for the next time she has to buy a new toothbrush (since the tooth fairy wants you to take really good care of your teeth) LOL...:)

Heather - posted on 11/22/2009

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They get $2 per tooth. If lost at school and doesn't come home, then they only get $1 and are quite happy with the explanation of "because the tooth fairy has to work harder to find it" lol

Naomi - posted on 11/22/2009

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My husband & I give our son £1 per tooth. Children are very smart & work out things very quickly so make it a set price for every tooth so your son is not confused.
Start as you mean to go on.

Arlene - posted on 11/22/2009

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we always have given our girl a $1(loonie) under her pillow and she is happy with that. plus , she saves it up and then is reward to buy a new toy or item of her picking it all good!

Emily - posted on 11/21/2009

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Mo son is 6 and he has not lost any teeth yet, not sure when kids loose their teeth, but I think it should be what you are comfortable with, because each time they will expect the same amount.

Holly - posted on 11/21/2009

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Whatever you give for the first tooth they expect for all the rest. We do a 2 dollar bill so its special.

Sarah - posted on 11/21/2009

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my five year old just lost his 2nd tooth.... tooth fairy gave him 4 dollars that he ended up spending at the book fair at his school. Of course I gave him 10 dollars for the book fair maybe it made him feel more grown up using his "own Money".

Rebecca - posted on 11/21/2009

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the tooth fairy always delivers $2 to our house. sometimes it is quarters, sometimes dollar bills. I'd love it if she Coul d find some $2 bills, but those seem to have disappeared

Carrie - posted on 11/21/2009

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I do a Dollar for my Daughter, although 1 time the toothfairy forgot to come and so we had to make a special phone call to remind her the next night! That night she felt so bad about it that she left 2 Dollars!

Kimberly - posted on 11/21/2009

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My daughters first tooth was a $1.00, but since then it's been 50 cents. Once her silver tooth comes out I will be giving her $2.00. I use to get 10 to 25 cents for mine so my Fiance and I thought 50 cents to $1. It's mainly up to both of you what you decide. In this economy it might be better to stick with 25 cents. I hope I helped!!

Leah - posted on 11/21/2009

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We did a $5 dollar bill for the first and explained that the first pays more because it's the 1st and that makes it special. After that it's been $3 a tooth :) It's not a TON yet affordable for the parents and still enough to buy something small.

Christina - posted on 11/20/2009

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I always give my daughter gold dollars.. She loves them. I think it's great because she does not expect more each time, or a different amount for how many teeth she has lost. She is so very excited about just finding that gold coin under her pillow.. Ya know sometimes it's nice to keep things simple! I know I would have loved to get some gold when I was little.. I remember when I was little all I got was a quarter for each tooth.lol

Kristy - posted on 11/20/2009

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I give $1.00 a tooth and a special note from the tooth fairy...honestly my 7 year-old gets more excited for the note.

Janette - posted on 11/20/2009

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We give $5 per tooth. I know it sounds crazy to some ppl but I think you should just do what you feel you can continue to do. I must also say that my children are 5 years apart so its not likely that I will have more than one child losing teeth at a time. So, that helps out when we are trying to afford it!

Sharon - posted on 11/20/2009

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we usually leave a £1 and a 'my little pony' toy. We used to write the date on the foot of the pony and that way they have something to keep with the date of when their tooth fell out and some money for sweets.

Liz - posted on 11/20/2009

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We give $5 for the first and $2 for the rest. Our toothfairy gives only $0.50 for a tooth with a filling/cavity. Our kids put their money in a piggy bank and when they have enough saved they buy books from the book orders that come from school.

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