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Money Moral Dilemma: Is the Tooth Fairy being stingy?

edited 30 November -1 at 1:00AM in Marriage, Relationships & Families
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edited 30 November -1 at 1:00AM in Marriage, Relationships & Families
This week's MoneySaver who wants advice asks...
One of my six-year-old daughters tells me the Tooth Fairy has been leaving a £5 note under her schoolfriend's pillow for every tooth she loses. £5! And I have twins! Should I tell my daughters that the Tooth Fairy has run out of £5 notes - so they should be grateful for the 50p they found under their pillow - or even that the Tooth Fairy doesn't exist and they should stop wiggling their teeth?

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  • MovingForwardsMovingForwards Forumite
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    Tell them there is a trainee tooth fairy and they are not allowed to put more than 50p under the pillow.

    If you say there is no tooth fairy are you going to admit there is no santa?

    You prepared to deal with the fall out from the parents of the kid who pays £5 when your kid tells them there is no tooth fairy?

    Kids are not kids for long, let them enjoy the magic for a while.
  • shiny76shiny76 Forumite
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    Honesty is the cheapest policy!

    My mum solved to competition of the most generous tooth fairy (for my brother's peers) by raiding his money box every time a tooth needing collecting.

    He was happy as he was getting 'all these coins'. She was happy as she recycled the same coin over and over as he didn't keep a total! :D
  • shiny76shiny76 Forumite
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    shiny76 wrote: »
    Honesty is the cheapest policy!

    My mum solved to competition of the most generous tooth fairy (for my brother's peers) by raiding his money box every time a tooth needing collecting.

    He was happy as he was getting 'all these coins'. She was happy as she recycled the same coin over and over as he didn't keep a total! :D
    Just thought, she probably pulled the same stunt on me :mad:
  • Owain_MoneysaverOwain_Moneysaver Forumite
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    MSE_Sarah wrote: »
    One of my six-year-old daughters tells me the Tooth Fairy has been leaving a £5 note under her schoolfriend's pillow for every tooth she loses.

    And do you really believe her?
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  • silvercarsilvercar Forumite, Board Guide
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    Would it mean to suggest to your daughter that the tooth fairy doesn't pay a fiver so her friend's mother must be leaving the £5??
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  • pickledonionspaceraiderpickledonionspaceraider Forumite
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    50p is ok from the tooth fairy

    Or you could come clean and tell her there is no such thing as the toothfairy.

    Then coming up to December you could drop the same bombshell about Santa

    Only kidding

    No I think 50p to a quid, are decent
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  • lucyhopelucyhope Forumite
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    When my DDs were small the tooth fairy left 50p if the tooth came out on it's own and £1 if they'd had to go to the dentist because they had to be brave, my DGDs get £1 per tooth
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  • Owain_MoneysaverOwain_Moneysaver Forumite
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    Maybe the tooth fairy might leave a book token instead of a £5er; at least that way it can't be spent on sweeties.
    A kind word lasts a minute, a skelped erse is sair for a day.
  • silvercarsilvercar Forumite, Board Guide
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    lucyhope wrote: »
    When my DDs were small the tooth fairy left 50p if the tooth came out on it's own and £1 if they'd had to go to the dentist because they had to be brave, my DGDs get £1 per tooth

    Our tooth fairy gave less for teeth the dentist had to pull, as the fairy really wasn’t impressed with rotting teeth and wished they had been looked after better.
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  • olgadapolgaolgadapolga Forumite
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    silvercar wrote: »
    Our tooth fairy gave less for teeth the dentist had to pull, as the fairy really wasn’t impressed with rotting teeth and wished they had been looked after better.

    But not all teeth extracted by the dentist are rotten.

    My DD had two perfectly healthy teeth removed as she needed braces.

    My DS had two healthy teeth removed because the adult teeth were not pushing the "baby" teeth out but were coming through behind them at an odd angle. Again, healthy teeth.

    I think that they each got £5 for the pair. Definitely not £5 per tooth.
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