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    • MSE Sarah
    • By MSE Sarah 14th May 19, 2:23 PM
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    Money Moral Dilemma: Is the Tooth Fairy being stingy?
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    • 14th May 19, 2:23 PM
    Money Moral Dilemma: Is the Tooth Fairy being stingy? 14th May 19 at 2:23 PM
    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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    • MovingForwards
    • By MovingForwards 14th May 19, 2:45 PM
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    • 14th May 19, 2:45 PM
    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.
    • shiny76
    • By shiny76 14th May 19, 2:48 PM
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    • 14th May 19, 2:48 PM
    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!
    • shiny76
    • By shiny76 14th May 19, 2:49 PM
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    • 14th May 19, 2:49 PM
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    • 14th May 19, 2:49 PM
    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!
    Originally posted by shiny76
    Just thought, she probably pulled the same stunt on me
    • Owain Moneysaver
    • By Owain Moneysaver 14th May 19, 3:03 PM
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    • 14th May 19, 3:03 PM
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    • 14th May 19, 3:03 PM
    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.
    Originally posted by MSE Sarah
    And do you really believe her?
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    • silvercar
    • By silvercar 14th May 19, 4:05 PM
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    • 14th May 19, 4:05 PM
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    • 14th May 19, 4:05 PM
    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??
    • pickledonionspaceraider
    • By pickledonionspaceraider 14th May 19, 6:07 PM
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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
    • lucyhope
    • By lucyhope 14th May 19, 6:27 PM
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    • 14th May 19, 6:27 PM
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    • 14th May 19, 6:27 PM
    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 Moneysaver
    • By Owain Moneysaver 14th May 19, 7:33 PM
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    • 14th May 19, 7:33 PM
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    • 14th May 19, 7:33 PM
    Maybe the tooth fairy might leave a book token instead of a £5er; at least that way it can't be spent on sweeties.
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    • silvercar
    • By silvercar 14th May 19, 7:49 PM
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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
    Originally posted by lucyhope
    Our tooth fairy gave less for teeth the dentist had to pull, as the fairy really wasnít impressed with rotting teeth and wished they had been looked after better.
    • olgadapolga
    • By olgadapolga 14th May 19, 9:16 PM
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    Our tooth fairy gave less for teeth the dentist had to pull, as the fairy really wasnít impressed with rotting teeth and wished they had been looked after better.
    Originally posted by silvercar
    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.
    • Kim kim
    • By Kim kim 14th May 19, 9:38 PM
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    I’m 51, the tooth fairy was visiting me 45 years ago & leaving 50p then.
    Surely it’s gone up with inflation.
    • REJP
    • By REJP 14th May 19, 10:50 PM
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    Tooth fairy
    Why not be honest and tell her it is not true? Dilemma? I don't think so.
    • AlxWd
    • By AlxWd 14th May 19, 11:09 PM
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    Current inflation?
    So if todayís children are to be believed at receiving £5 per tooth from the Tooth Fairy what will the Tooth Fairy bring me when I lose my final 2 baby teeth I wonder?

    The last baby tooth I lost was awarded 20p roughly 30 years ago!
    • Tirrick
    • By Tirrick 15th May 19, 5:37 AM
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    20 years (at least) ago my girls got 50p or £1 for more unusual tooth loss but even then one of their friends got £5. I just said it that sometimes the tooth fairy gave different amounts. Didn’t make a “thing” of it. They both just accepted it like the accepted Santa didn’t give everyone the same.
    60 years ago I got and old sixpence. But when I had 8 teeth out at once (healthy ones - to make room in an overcrowded mouth) I got £1. Couldn’t believe it!
    • John Gray
    • By John Gray 15th May 19, 6:06 AM
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    I suspect that this young girl is saying that her friends extort £5 per tooth from the "Tooth Fairy" because she doesn't know of the existence of £50 notes...
    • Rosamundi
    • By Rosamundi 15th May 19, 7:01 AM
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    Tooth Fairy
    I'm 56 and got sixpence (old money) per tooth my children in the 80s got 20 - 50p per tooth depending what change I had in my purse, they never questioned the amount they were just grateful that they had something but lots of small coins were the best received as they just thought they had more money ...
    • Amara
    • By Amara 15th May 19, 7:11 AM
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    And do you really believe her?
    Originally posted by Owain Moneysaver

    Why not? At my son's school it's standard tooth fairy payment, I know it from mums.
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    • PasturesNew
    • By PasturesNew 15th May 19, 7:15 AM
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    £1/tooth is what my tooth fairy would pay if I were doing it.

    There are a LOT of teeth in a mouth. Don't get sucked into what you're told others get, or what others get.

    Your money, your choice. If you bend over every time somebody buys something, or spends more, or more often, you'll be bankrupt with kids who hate you before too long as there comes a point where you can't sustain it.
    • pollypenny
    • By pollypenny 15th May 19, 7:30 AM
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    A lovely, shiny £1 coin is surely more magical?
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