Recession schmecession. You'd never know there are people hurting financially in this country if you were to just look at the spending habits of the Tooth Fairy.
That's because despite a rise in interest rates andnot in most paychecks, the Tooth Fairy is rewarding kids for losing their teeth - a whopping 23 percent more than she did in 2012.
According to an annual survey from Visa Inc., the average tooth is now worth $3.70 under the pillow, which is up from $3 last year. They figure that based on the rate of return, kids can squirrel away $74 for their full set of baby teeth.
Visa Inc. surveyed 3,000 people by telephone in July and found that kids in the Northeast fare the best for their chompers, getting an average of $4.10 per tooth. Kids West and South receive $3.70 and $3.60 respectively. The piggy banks of Midwestern children are getting the short end of the Tooth Fairy's wand, raking in just $3.30 per tooth.
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