Parking meter hack

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So here’s HELPFUL TIP #1: Parking meter hack 

In the Boston area, there are now parking meters that can be paid by a phone app, or by coins. Like most meters, they have a time limit, like an hour maximum. (And sometimes, they don’t work, as the Boston Globe reports.)

So here’s the hack: if the meter has an hour-long limit, fill up the meter with coins until you have paid parking for an hour. Take a photo of the parking meter with your phone and set up a timer so that you get an alarm in 58 minutes. When the alarm goes off, use your parking app from wherever you are to max out the meter again (the photo you took should show you the Zone you are parked in). Voila, two hours of parking in a one hour space!

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