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Tooth Fairy Paying a Lot More This Year

$3.70 per tooth; that's a 23% jump over 2012
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Aug 30, 2013 8:16 AM CDT
Tooth Fairy Paying a Lot More This Year
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(Newser) – The days of finding a quarter under your pillow are long gone: The Tooth Fairy no longer leaves loose change. Kids this year are getting an average of $3.70 per lost tooth, a 23% jump over last year's rate of $3 a tooth, according to a new survey by payment processor Visa Inc., released today. That's a 42% spike from the $2.60 per tooth that the Tooth Fairy gave in 2011.

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How much kids are getting from the Tooth Fairy depends on where they live. Kids in the Northeast are getting the most, according to the Visa study, at $4.10 per tooth. In the West and South, kids received $3.70 and $3.60 per tooth, respectively. Midwestern kids received the least, at $3.30 a tooth. (Read more Tooth Fairy stories.)

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