Library Renewals and Cellphone Plans

by Keith Gatling | 21 months ago

Take a good look at the headline for this installment of my Mr. G blog.

Library Renewals and Cellphone Plans sounds like an odd combination, doesn’t it? But a lot of people get these confused.

How is this? Well, it’s all about the renewals.

 prepaid minutesWhen you add more time to your cellphone plan, it adds it to the end of the account, extending it by that number of days.

On the other hand, when you renew an item from the library, it gives you that number of days from now, from the day you did the renewal.

A lot of people think that library renewals act like their cellphone plan, and renew their items on the same day they took them out, thinking that they’ll get another 21 days added to the end of the loan right now. Instead, they’ve just wasted a renewal, and the item is still due back at the end of the original 21 days -- or seven days, if you were in the LPL building and found your prize on the Lucky Day table.

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So remember … if you’re going to renew an item, wait until near the end of the loan period, so that you’ll get the most bang for your buck.

Now I just have to explain this to my daughter … who waited until the day before her cellphone service was due to expire before she renewed it, because she thought it worked like the library.

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