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You can use these for asides, but do so sparingly. In most cases, an em dash works as well and is less visually noisy.

If the parenthetical phrase is part of a sentence (like this one), the period goes after the closing parenthesis. (And if the parenthetical is its own sentence, place the period before the closing parenthesis.) 


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At first I thought this was my project-based pricing (which was way too low) ...