In this dire economy, even the Tooth Fairy is pinching pennies

By Saeed AhmedCNN

Getting the Tooth Fairy to pony up in this sagging economy has been like pulling teeth. A recent survey found that the national going rate has seen a 40-cent decline this year: From $3 to $2.60. What’s worse? A full 10% of kids are reaching under their pillows … and coming up empty. Compare that to last year when just 6% of kids found no reason to flash that toothless grin.

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