Tooth Fairy payouts plunges for a 2nd consecutive year 🧚‍♀️

by J. Money - Published February 22, 2019

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I know this was at the top of your mind this year, so had to share the second I caught wind ;)

Tooth Fairy Payouts Plunges for Second Consecutive Year!

According to the Original Tooth Fairy Poll® by Delta Dental, average monetary payouts are down $0.43 from last year, bringing the current rate to $3.70 for a single lost tooth.

$3.70 a tooth – can you believe it???

But don’t worry, because not all hope’s lost… The Grand Daddy of all prized teeth (the *first* one lost) is still holding strong at a solid $4.96. Whew.

If you were wondering how it fares across the nation, they have stats on that too:

  • The West: $4.19/avg — the highest average monetary gift for a lost tooth
  • The South: $3.91/avg — recently jumped a position over The Northeast
  • The Northeast: $3.75/avg — recently lost their 2nd position to The South
  • The Midwest: $2.97/avg — over 70 cents less than the country’s average

And don’t think this isn’t applicable to the national economy either, oh no.

The Original Tooth Fairy Poll has typically served as a good indicator of the economy’s overall direction, tracking with the movement of Standard & Poor’s 500 Index (S&P 500) for 14 of the past 17 years. A year ago, a single lost tooth was valued at $4.13 and dropped to $3.70 in this year’s survey, down 10 percent. Over the same time period, the S&P 500 also saw a decline and decreased by 3 percent.

So no more Vanguard index funds for me!! Time to go “all in” with the Tooth Fairy IndexSM! TFI, baby!!! Haha…

Oh Lordy, this blog has gone down hill fast, I’m sorry… ;)

On a more serious note, though, the Tooth Fairy did just pay my son a visit last week, and he’d be proud to tell you that he got a 33% increase from the last score if he knew how to do math ;) Though to be fair, the TF around here only bases her gifts on “the cool factor” over any specific amounts, as my kids still couldn’t tell you the difference of what 100 cents can buy you vs $100. To them for some reason everything costs $100?!

Here’s what my son is now the new proud owner of:

two dollar bill

(Sadly it did not compete as well as the first tooth’s half dollar and $1.00 ring, but how can you
beat your first Tooth Fairy visit?? Or a money ring, for that matter? ;))

Next on the list (shh…) are those $1.00 gold coins our government continues to produce even though no one really uses those either…

But hey, more cheap goodies for my kids! Because ain’t no way I’m shelling out $4.00 or $5.00 for a vagabond tooth… They can’t even do their job and STAY IN THERE!

Plus, my kids get more joy out of playing with their homemade Tooth Fairy container than they do the contents that finds its way in there anyways… And I don’t blame them, look how fun they are!

tooth fairy box

(Shout out to last year’s summer camp for this one! That’s an art’d up Altoids tin!)

So yeah, that’s the latest on The Fairy these days… be glad if you don’t have kids ;)

You can learn more about the official poll and tracker here: TheOriginalToothFairyPoll.com

Or to see how my first rodeo went down, along with my own scientifically conducted poll, click here: In Which My Son Loses His First Tooth, And I Freak Out Trying To Figure Out The Going Rate of The Tooth Fairy

Thoughts/Comments/Concerns – share below and we shall discuss!

And I’d love to know what YOU’RE currently giving your kids for all those slacker teeth too… Or I mean – what the TOOTH FAIRY is giving them. She can do whatever she wants with her money! ;)

{ 36 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Debbie February 22, 2019 at 7:04 am

No kids here so I can’t comment on this except to say, I think the tooth fairy only left me 50 cents per tooth when I was a child. Wow, inflation has really gone wild since then!

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2 J. Money February 22, 2019 at 9:57 am

It sure has, haha…

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3 Jacq February 22, 2019 at 7:32 am

At least the $1 gold coins are cool, like pirate treasure. I got dead dudes on ‘not quarters’. What is a 6 year old supposed to do with an Eisenhower dollar, or a Kennedy half dollar? The machines at the grocery store took quarters for those toys in the plastic bubbles. I probably got some $2 bills as well, and those were nifty.
Thanks for keeping us up to date on the TFI!

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4 J. Money February 22, 2019 at 10:03 am

Haha… I’m here for you ;)

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5 Mr. r2e February 22, 2019 at 7:47 am

Kids these days apparently need to come up with their own Side Hustle to make up for this decline in income!

My two sons were totally grossed out when they realized my mother (their grandmother) saved all my teeth and gave them to me later in life. Oh oh, hope no little kids read your blog. Kids, my mother was a close associated of the Tooth Fairy…..

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6 J. Money February 22, 2019 at 10:04 am

I think that’s the job of us parents while the Tooth Fairy is flying around everywhere – to hold onto the teeth “for now” ;)

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7 tjbl February 22, 2019 at 3:38 pm

I saved my kids’ teeth so they could use them for Science Fair projects later on. Like – what happens to teeth when you soak them in soda.

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8 J. Money February 22, 2019 at 3:56 pm

AHHH love that!! excellent idea!

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9 Jaime February 22, 2019 at 7:50 am

I think it’s crazy what kids get for teeth these days. I don’t have a kid but I have a nephew and friends who have kids and from what I have heard that northeast average is kind of low. Around the Boston area, it’s more like $20 for the first tooth and $5 after that. Quite a bit more than the 50 cents I got in the late 80s.

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10 J. Money February 22, 2019 at 10:04 am

H.E.L.L. N.O.

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11 Janet February 22, 2019 at 7:52 am

My parents never gave me money for my teeth! I used to put my teeth under my pillow and get disappointed the next day when I didn’t find anything!

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12 J. Money February 22, 2019 at 10:19 am

They need to get a spanking for that.

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13 Lynn February 22, 2019 at 8:18 am

The Tooth Fairy Index! Who knew? If I had children, I would totally craft a box like the one in your blog. It’s a rite of passage and should be honored accordingly!

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14 J. Money February 22, 2019 at 10:20 am

Maybe you can make them for gifts for any kids you know?! :)

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15 Tom February 22, 2019 at 8:18 am

Looks like I am cheap, the kids get $2, a nice crisp $2 bill. I don’t think they spent any of them. If all goes well it widens the path to raising two collectors.

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16 J. Money February 22, 2019 at 10:21 am

Yeah it will! And our hobby needs all the help it can get ;)

Btw – featured your blog in my newsletter last week! Big fan!

https://jmoney.biz/four-fonts-walk-into-a-bar/

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17 Paul February 22, 2019 at 8:44 am

Our kids have a little tooth pillow with a little pocket. Makes much less noise when you are trying to make the exchange. Also, our oldest is 10 and he kept kept losing teeth so we just told him the TF was us but that we would still give him money. I feel like in 5th grade if you go into school and say you got money from the TF you might just be asking to get made fun of. Also, why we told him about Santa this year. I don’t want kids teasing him. I guess also I don’t really know what age is appropriate to tell them as I was 5 when I figured it out.

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18 J. Money February 22, 2019 at 10:24 am

I don’t know either and I’m always worried about that too :(

My kids are so sweet and innocent and are always telling me what their friends are saying and what’s “stupid” or “not stupid” and I have to keep reminding them that it’s up to THEM to feel what’s stupid or not! And that you’re allowed to believe in whatever you want to believe in so ignore it all..

But it may be smart to tell them first, I just don’t know :(

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19 Paul February 22, 2019 at 2:06 pm

Elementary school is fine, I just wanted my oldest to know before middle school next year. There is no way you don’t get teased at that point.

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20 Joe February 22, 2019 at 9:03 am

Normally, the missus is in charge of that and she usually gives $1 or $2.
When we in Thailand by ourselves last year, I gave him 100 baht. That’s about 3 dollars.
He pulled the tooth out himself so I think he deserved it. And he needed a little spending money so he can buy some stuff. It worked out.

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21 J. Money February 22, 2019 at 10:25 am

Strong little dude! Haha… Def. a well deserved $3.

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22 Crunchylittlemama February 22, 2019 at 9:16 am

Any kind of funny money: foreign coins, Susan B Anthony dollars, etc. The hubby stops at the bank and asks for whatever foreign coins they happen to have. TF is more likely to bring a nature themed trinket. Any shiny gem, Tiny animal sculptures, things like that. I have found some cool things like that on Etsy and at local shops. You just have to keep your eyes open because the key is to always have something hidden away. These situations that require a TF can sneak up on you!
But the most important thing is that your children understand just how busy TF is. It is well established fact in our house that TF comes ASAP, which might be days after you 1st put that tooth under your pillow, lol!

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23 J. Money February 22, 2019 at 10:27 am

Haha – you have got this game down!!

Love the idea of little trinkets and such.. .I bet my kids would go gaga over a small emerald or crystal of some nature – gonna have to add that to the list :)

(and yes to always being prepared!! I always have at least 2-3 options hidden away that can be pulled out at a moment’s notice. They can sneak up on you, indeed!)

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24 Millionaire Mob February 22, 2019 at 9:28 am

Something tells me that the TF Index is going to outperform over the next 5 years…

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25 J. Money February 22, 2019 at 10:28 am

I think you may be right ;)

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26 Amber February 22, 2019 at 9:33 am

The tooth fairy has forever left those gold dollar coins at our house. You just buy a roll at the bank, and never run out! Well….I have found a few around the house at times that I put back into my stash ! I think that’s called recycling!

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27 J. Money February 22, 2019 at 10:36 am

The best kind of recycling :)

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28 Bonnie B February 22, 2019 at 9:51 am

This post is so timely! My oldest has a dangling tooth- his 5th? 6th? Who knows? I went to the bank yesterday for a TF withdrawal. This TF gives the gold dollar coins. I don’t like $2 bills for some irrational reason, but my kid loves the gold coins, they seem like treasure to him. Thanks for the post, love your blog!

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29 J. Money February 22, 2019 at 10:39 am

Love you for reading it!

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30 Deanna February 22, 2019 at 4:38 pm

Daaaaaaaang, $3-4 per tooth?! I’m with whoever said they got 50 cents in the 80s. Good grief. I’ll keep the cool coins and whatnot in mind for when my little one starts losing teeth…

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31 Tonya February 22, 2019 at 5:56 pm

WHO ARE ALL THESE PEOPLE GIVING THEIR KIDS BIG BUCKS FOR TEETH!?! I do live in the midwest where the average is the lowest but seriously!?! My son swallowed his first tooth while eating lunch at school. He wrote the tooth fairy a note explaining what happened. She did leave him $1 and note asking to make sure he didn’t swallow the next one. After all, she’s in the tooth business. When he lost is second tooth (this one not swallowed!) he got $1 for that one. That means his entire mouth will cost $20 (unless he needs braces-Lord help us).

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32 J. Money February 26, 2019 at 7:15 am

“After all, she’s in the tooth business”

HILARIOUS! :)

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33 Natalie February 22, 2019 at 7:40 pm

I’m hanging my head in shame as one of the big spenders for teeth. We pay $5 per tooth. But in my defense, we accidentally set the bar high. His first 2 teeth were extractions so warranted a little extra. We wanted something per tooth, plus the extraction and as a non-cash family, all we could scrounge up was 3 $5 bills. Every tooth my son has lost has been relatively dramatic if not traumatic though (a headbutt from the dog, a failed attempt to do the string trick, lost in a burger, and almost swallowed overnight) so he actually probably deserved the $5 each time.

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34 J. Money February 26, 2019 at 7:19 am

Worst luck ever that kid – wow! Definitely earned! :)

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35 JENNIFER LARSON February 23, 2019 at 11:16 am

We usually gave our kids a dollar, and they were happy…but later would mention that a friend got more :/. When they were a little older, and the dentist was going to have to start pulling the slow-to-fall-out teeth, we offered them $5 for any teeth they could wiggle out on their own! Saved us a little money on the dentist bill!

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36 J. Money February 26, 2019 at 7:19 am

Haha…. good job, mom :)

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