Skip to comments.'Tooth Fairy' leaves $3 per tooth in 2012
Posted on 09/04/2012 10:54:06 AM PDT by JoeProBono
SAN FRANCISCO,- California-based financial company Visa said its survey indicates the "Tooth Fairy" left an average $3-per-tooth for U.S. children this year.
Jason Alderman, Visa's senior director of global financial education, said the company's telephone survey of 2,000 U.S. adults indicates the amount of money left by the "Tooth Fairy" this year increased 15 percent over the average from 2011.
"The Tooth Fairy may be the canary in the economic coal mine. She's showing signs of life by leaving 40 cents more per tooth this year," Alderman said. "This is not only good news for kids, but an ideal teachable moment for parents to engage their children in thinking about how to budget their windfall by saving a portion."
The survey, conducted July 13-17, had a margin of error of plus or minus 4 percentage points.
Does anyone know how this started? I know the origins of Santa Claus, the the Tooth Fairy is really BIZARRE!
"I made $120.00
never mind...I just looked it up! :-)
“In early Europe, it was a tradition to bury baby teeth that fell out. When a child’s sixth tooth falls out, it is a custom for parents to slip a gift or money from the tooth fairy under the child’s pillow, but to leave the tooth as a reward. Some parents also leave trails of glitter on the floor, representing fairy dust.
In northern Europe, there was also a tradition of tann-fé or tooth fee, which was paid when a child lost their first tooth. This tradition is recorded in writings as early as the Eddas, which are the earliest written record of Norse and Northern European traditions.
The reward left varies by country, the family’s economic status, amounts the child’s peers report receiving and other factors. A 2011 study found that American children receive $2.60 per tooth on average.”
Let us not perpetuate the practice of ‘churnalism’ by circulating these thinly-veiled PR stunts from various companies.
Some CPA firm does same with Christmas items.
I am probably the only wacko Mom that saved/saves the baby teeth! Not sure what I will ever do with them... but it reminds me of what their baby teeth looked like. My neighbor from Eastern Europe throws them on the roof of the house. Not sure why but it is a custom.
And the Franchise Tax Board is sending out demand letters for each one in California. Pay up, you little brats!
Keeps the birds off the roof.
Heck. No one will see it here anyway.
Besides, what makes you think the idea of a 40 year-old man dressed in a ballerina costume sneaking into a little child's room at night is a 'consumerist strategy'?
This canary shows me the true inflation rate, not the good news as trying to be depicted here. Parents know the true worth of a dollar nowadays.
I used to get a quarter, and that was considered Good Money back in the early 50’s.
We used to get a quarter a tooth - yikes! My kids got 50 cents a tooth and if it was a big molar they got a buck!
Yes, IMO, the Tooth Fairy is stupid. Usually, by the time kids start losing teeth, they are too old to believe in such stuff. The TF never visited me or my children, and we survived.
I saved the first tooth that each of my sons lost — as well as -some hair from the first haircut. These went into their individual memory boxes, along with other objects and documents, which I gave to each one once he got married.
I’m glad you told me that, BR! I have kept clippings of their first hair cuts as well. For a while there.. I thought I was put on some “freaky Mom” list. LOL!!
Hey, being in the same category as I am in does not leave you off the Freaky Mom list. :)
My #1 grandson went to preschool today. He looks so dang old it made this grandmother cry.
When my oldest started to lose his teeth we lived overseas and he got foreign bills so he was probably only getting $.25 but it looked cool. He usually wouldn’t spend it and probably still has it stashed somewhere. When we returned to the States they would get $1.00 but sometimes $5.00 if the “tooth fairy” didn’t have $1.00 in his wallet. What really took the bloom off the tooth fairy rose was when my youngest had orthodontia and they pulled five at a time to make space in her mouth...on two separate occasions! She got $20.00 because we felt so bad for her!
All the fairies got more important things to do than go around and give little kids money for their lost teeth.
It’s so hard to realize that he is now a “little man”... Mr. Independent. Don’t feel badly.. when my youngest went to kindergarten, I played cartoons on the t.v. for months (to make it sound like she was here with me). Friends would call and hear Spongebob or Scooby Doo in the background and probably thought I had completely LOST it. LOL!
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