Go Home, Tooth Fairy, You're Drunk
How much is a baby tooth worth in your house? A dime? A quarter? An entire dollar? What if I told you it scores a whopping $50 in some houses? Yeah, that’s right. Fiddy. 5 OH. Fifty big samoleans. All for some lousy little chuck of calcium that’s done nothing but chomp on chicken nuggets and playground rocks for the past five or six years.
Has the Tooth Fairy moved to the Vegas strip and developed a drinking problem?
Possibly. Or at least that’s what Visa’s annual Tooth Fairy study (yes, they actually have one) shows. Not only are 2% of parents leaving whopping amounts of cash under their kid’s pillows, but the average amount per tooth has gone up 42% over the past two years to an impressive $3.70. A sign of an improved economy or a sign that parents are competitive and can’t say no?
Since I’m not an economist, I’d say it’s the latter. My son is now 12-years-old, but I still remember the outrage six years ago when a boy in his Kindergarten class told the other kids he was getting $20 a tooth. “Twenty bucks?” one of the moms gasped. “No way am I doing that!” But a few weeks later, her daughter showed up at school with new dolls in her backpack that she said were bought with “$40 of tooth money.” Apparently keeping up with the Joneses even applies to what the Tooth Fairy leaves under the pillow now.
I admit that this study made me wonder if my kids are getting the same per tooth as their neighborhood friends. We've never paid them more than $2.00. And luckily, I was able to find out the answer using Visa’s Tooth Fairy Calculator App. (Yes, they actually have one of those, too.) Simply enter your gender, age, state, marital status, education level and household income---which I’m sure the nice folks at Visa will never use for their own purposes, wink wink---and the app will tell you how much teeth go for in your area. My results?
One dollar per tooth. Perfect.
Because I plan on spending the other $49 on a pedicure.