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

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.

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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