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The Tooth Fairy Rate is Up 23% From Last Year to $3.70 Per Tooth

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Today, if you weren’t aware, is National Tooth Fairy Day. Everything has some value to it, including teeth. Remember when you had a loose tooth as a kid and it was dangling there just waiting to come out? All you could think about is what the Tooth Fairy would be leaving under your pillow. It was a big deal. If I got twenty five cents I was happy as could be. More than 25 cents and I was ecstatic.

So today I am reading through some material and I came across this story that a survey conducted by Visa showed the average amount of money left by the Tooth Fairy today is $3.70 per lost tooth, a 23 percent jump over last year’s rate of $3. And that’s a 42 percent jump from the $2.60 per tooth that the Tooth Fairy gave in 2011. Can you believe it, $3.70 a tooth? Are you kidding me? I am trying to rip out my teeth now as I write this.

I suppose, a front tooth is worth more than a bicuspid. In that case, I’ll work from the front to the back and build up my retirement that way. Before you know it, kids will have a Visa or Mastercard placed under their pillow.

I guess it’s a sign of the times and even the Tooth Fairy has to keep up with inflation.  So what is the Tooth Fairy’s going rate in your home?

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