Tooth Fairy gets cheap: Kids get a quarter less than last year for lost teeth


The Tooth Fairy has cut its budget – with American kids getting almost a quarter less than last year.

That's according to the annual Tooth Fairy survey by Visa, which found that on average kids have been finding $3.19 under their pillows for every lost tooth.

That's 24 cents down on last year and is the second consecutive drop in a row. Visa says kids can expect to make $64 for losing all their teeth, compared to $74 just two years ago.

The survey also found that the most popular amount left by the Tooth Fairy was a dollar, with 32 percent of people leaving that much, while almost 20 percent left a $5 bill.

Five percent of the time the Tooth Fairy is ultra-generous though, leaving $20 or more under the pillow.

Then again, whether this survey is an accurate indication of how much parents are giving children for a lost tooth is up for debate.

For example, the Original Tooth Fairy Poll by Delta Dental earlier this year found that the amount being left behind has actually been rising, NBC reports.

The poll said kids received on average $4.50 in 2014, a 25 percent rise on a year earlier – though Midwesterners proved to be more stingy, only handing out $2.83 on average.

Time said the disparities between the polls show that the results of such surveys are "pretty darn random."

This is mainly because one of the key factors in how much money is left by parents depends on how much cash they have on them at the time – while a "decent portion" of those polled won't remember exactly how much they left each time.

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