Many look to Wall Street or the housing market for signs that the U.S. economy is improving, but younger Americans simply look under their pillows.
A new survey reveals the average Tooth Fairy gift went from $2.10 in 2011 to $2.42 in 2012, a 15.2 percent increase.
Delta Dental’s 2012 Original Tooth Fairy Poll of 1,224 parents reveals the Tooth Fairy visited nearly 90 percent of U.S. homes with children who lost a tooth. The average gift was $2.42 in 2012, but the most common amount left under pillows was $1.
The poll also finds that the Tooth Fairy was more generous to kids who lost their first tooth. The average gift for a first tooth was $3.49.
The Tooth Fairy left cash for kids in 98 percent of the homes she visited. Two percent of the children received toys, candy, gum or other gifts.