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Tooth Fairy taking austerity measures


September 1, 2015
by Toronto Star

Losing a tooth just isn’t as lucrative as it used to be. The Tooth Fairy is leaving an average of $3.19 (U.S.) per tooth under kids’ pillows this year, according to an annual Tooth Fairy survey by Visa out this month.

A visit from the Tooth Fairy was more lucrative back in 2010, when Dwayne Johnson, left, tackled the role. Nowadays, a tooth is worth $3.19 (U.S.) on average.

It’s the second year in a row the amount for a lost tooth has dropped, down 24 cents from last year. In 2014, the Tooth Fairy left an average of $3.43, down 27 cents from 2013.

In total, kids can expect to earn about $64 for a mouthful of teeth during the entire process of upgrading to adult chompers, down about $10 in the last two years. A lucky few could get several hundred dollars, though — 5 per cent of children get $20 or more per tooth, the survey of more than 4,000 people in the U.S. found. About a third of parents said their kids get $1 per tooth, which is the most popular amount, while 10 per cent said their kids get nothing.

That classic car? It’s not an investment

A Ferrari 365 from 1972 fetched somewhere around $561,000 (U.S.) at the annual Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance in Monterey, Calif., recently. When it was last bought in 2008, the car was worth $160,000. For the investment, the lucky owner may receive roughly triple his money and a few memorable — albeit nerve-wracking — road trips with 8-track theme music.

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