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A More Frugal Tooth Fairy

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The average baby tooth is netting $3.40, down 8% from 2013. A full set of 20 baby teeth resulted in a $68 payday, a $6 decrease from last year?s statistics. Below are some other findings from the 2014 survey:

  • Fathers reported a far more indulgent Tooth Fairy, saying that the Fairy left 45 percent more than moms said she did: $4.20 vs. $2.90.
  • The Fairy may be giving just what she has in her pocket; over 50 percent of kids will get either $1 or $5.
  • 33 percent of respondents reported that the Tooth Fairy left a dollar.
  • Only 3.6 percent said that the Tooth Fairy left $20 or more, down from 6 percent in 2013.
  • Kids in Canada are receiving the equivalent of $2.60 in U.S. dollars on average this year with the exchange rate, the same amount the Tooth Fairy was leaving kids in the U.S. in 2011.
  • The Tooth Fairy spoiled kids in the West the most, leaving $3.60. Kids in the South and Northeast will each receive an average of about $3.50. The Tooth Fairy was at her most thrifty in the Midwest, leaving an average of only $3.10.

Below are some of the results from the 2013 study for comparison. 

  • The Tooth Fairy was particularly generous to kids in the Northeast, leaving an average of $4.10 per tooth. Kids in the West and South trailed with an average of $3.70 and $3.60 respectively. Midwestern children found the least under their pillows with an average of $3.30 per tooth.
  • 10% of kids will find more than $5 per tooth under their pillow?more than three times as many as in 2011.
  • 36% of respondents reported that the Tooth Fairy left a dollar or less.
  • On the opposite end of the spectrum, 6% said that the Tooth Fairy left $20 or more, including 2% who reported that an extremely generous Tooth Fairy left $50.
  • Nationwide, the Tooth Fairy left the most in households with young parents. The 18-to-24 age group reported that she left an average of almost $5 per tooth.
  • The Tooth Fairy will be visiting close to 90% of U.S. households with children?up from 84% last year.

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