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Everybody Freaks Out! But It's Going to Be Okay. Hardcover – 2014

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 44 pages
  • Publisher: n/a; 1st edition (2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0578139367
  • ISBN-13: 978-0578139364
  • Product Dimensions: 10.2 x 8.1 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,882,292 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This ‘book’ is really a clever advertisement for 529 college savings plans and is designed to nudge you towards setting up an account with T. Rowe Price. You can buy the book at Amazon.com for $5.00 – or read it online for free.

“Everybody FREAKS OUT” when they discover the high cost of sending a kid to college. Only when they discover 529 plans do they sleep well at night. Or at least that’s the premise of the book. While it may be a good reminder for young parents to start saving for future college expenses, I’m not sure I’d pay $5 for an advertisement. (Full disclosure – I received a free copy through the Goodreads First Reads program.)

On the other hand, the microsite, is actually a good summary of 529 college savings plans. It uses illustrations similar to those in the book and features videos of parents talking about saving for college. Just remember that you don’t have to use T. Rowe Price – though you may want to thank them for their advertisement.

And don’t be afraid to use the college savings calculator on the T. Rowe Price website. You can calculate college costs based on a generic public or private college or you can calculate those costs for a specific college anywhere in the country. Choose your own inflation rate for college expenses. Add in what percentage of those costs you expect to be covered by financial aid, by the child herself and by gifts from mom & dad (and grandparents, etc). Then choose a portfolio and the certainty of success you want (the calculator uses a Monte Carlo simulation). Next pick which calculation you want (investment projection based on current savings and future contributions), how much you need to save monthly or lump sum investment).
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I'd like to see our young parents prepare for they're children's college years. This book is a great reminder that now is the time to prepare. It is a nice little gift for parents to read to their children but the message is clear - the time is now and you can do it.
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I loved the bright pages and illustrations.The book makes you feel involved in it as if it understands you. The rhyming and pictures made me smile and wanting to keep reading. Here was a real issue that was made comical. This was a wonderful way to advertise and draw interest in the "product" while offering a solution. I am highly impressed in whoever thought of this way of advertisement and even showed several of my friends this book and they thought it was brilliant as well. I can also say it would be entertaining enough for children to read too! Easily I won't forget this book.
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When I received this book in the mail, my 12 year old child read it and then handed it back to me and said that it was just an advertisement. Then I read it and I had to agree. It is about the 529 Savings Plan. As a parent of a senior in high school, the book did have useful information for my child and I to look at as we contemplates life after high school. The reason for the 3 stars is that I really dislike when books are put out as informative but end up being an advertisement.

This book did give me enough information about the 529 plan that I plan on researching it more. I also plan on giving this book to my child's high school counselor so that he can have it available for other parents.

***I received this book through Goodreads Giveaway. The opinion is solely my own and receiving the book through the Giveaway did not influence my opinion.***
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**I received a free copy of this book through a Goodreads First Reads giveaway.**

So, I won this "book" from Goodreads, but the thing is, it's not a book!!! It's just an advertisement in the form of a book from T. Rowe Price, an investment management company.

I thought I had won an informational book, but instead I got a 44 page long advertisement. Now it did have a lot of useful information on 529 plans (which is why I gave it two stars), but I would not pay $4.50 for it.

Once I realized what I was reading I stopped. Maybe I'll pass it along to my our high school's guidance department.
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By Ly G on October 11, 2014
This book is a trick. It's more like a long advertisement, but it is well written and drawn and does have some good information. I already have a college fund started but I did share the book with some friends who are expecting and they thought it was a clever idea. Thought I would never actually spend money on it, or really read it to my kids.

I received this book for free as a part of the Goodread's First Reads program.
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