Paying for parking is never ideal, but it sure beats having to pay the extra fee for a lost ticket. If you want to avoid that costly and time-wasting scenario, avoid these pitfalls:
1) Mixing it with your wallet debris.
If you're the type of person who keeps receipts, papers, birth certificates, office memos and business cards in your wallet, then storing your parking ticket among the pile could easily lead to it getting lost. Worse, you could end up handing over your shopping receipt by accident.
2) Leaving it visible in the car.
Unless you're parking somewhere that requires you to have your ticket visible on the dashboard, it's generally a good idea to take it with you when you leave your car. If someone plans to steal your car, the visible ticket would just make it easier for them. Plus, some establishments require you to pre-pay the fee before you enter back into the parking lot.
3) Leaving it lying around.
Pretty obvious, sure, but a lot of people still forget this one. For example, if you leave your car parked in a mall all day while you're at work, the last thing you should do is leave the receipt sitting idly on your desk where it could fly away, get thrown into a trash can, or be mistaken for scratch paper.
4) Putting it somewhere where it could get damaged.
Putting a paper ticket in the back pocket of your jeans might seem like a good idea, but if you happen to sweat through your pants at some point, then the ticket could end up looking the worse for wear. Cool, dry places are your best bet.
5) Rotate hiding places.
The best thing you can do to never lose or misplace your parking ticket is to have a set storage place for it, so that whenever you park you know exactly where to put it. If you make a habit out of hiding it in a different place each time, chances are you'll end up having to retrace your steps if you forgot where you placed it.