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Have you ever parked your car in a metered parking space, only to lose track of time and end up with a parking ticket waiting for you when you arrive back to your car. Suddenly, that dollar you fed into the meter is quite a bit more with the cost of the ticket.

No one wants to deal with a parking ticket; it’s just a flat-out waste of money. Sure, you could just remember when you parked and make sure you get out there in time, but if you are busy, it can be really hard to keep track of time.

Don’t worry though, because there is an iPhone app designed to help rectify the problem called Parking Meter Pro. It keeps track of your parking meter times for you and makes sure that you get back out to the meter to top it off if you run out of time. In the long run, it can save you some serious money by not having to pay those annoying, expensive parking tickets.

Best of all, you can grab Parking Meter Pro free for a limited time. Not only can it save you money on parking tickets, but you don’t even have to pay for the app!


Obviously, the main purpose of this app is keeping track of when you parked and how much time you have left on the meter. When you open the app, it will ask you to input the time limit on the meter. This will start the countdown so you know when the meter is about to expire and you can get back out there and top it off in time. This is where the app can help you save some serious money.


If you are parking somewhere where you pay per hour when you leave, you can select “No limit”. Instead of counting down, the app counts up so you know how long you’ve been there for. This will let you know how much parking in the lot is going to cost you when you leave so you can have the right amount of cash ready to go.

Once you choose an option, the app will let you add the location of the car, in case you forget where you parked. You can also take a picture and leave a note. This is helpful if you park in a multi-level parking garage and need to remember which floor you are parked on when you go back to retrieve your car.

In the settings screen you can tweak the way the app works to better suit your needs. You can set when the app alerts you about the meter running out. You can set it to go off when the time runs out, two minutes before, five minutes before, 10 minutes before, and 15 minutes before. You can also change the alert sound to any of the eight available sounds. You can also set it to alert you for no limit parking lots, so if you only want to spend a certain amount to park, you can make sure to get out in time.


If you often need to park your car in public parking lots or at meters, you are going to love this app. It can save you some serious money. Best of all, you can grab the app free for a limited time from the App Store. Don’t miss out on your chance to grab Parking Meter Pro free!

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  1. Dave LeClair
    November 30, 2012 at 4:53 am

    True, but it can't tell you where you parked!

  2. Mac Witty
    November 28, 2012 at 10:50 pm

    The place to put where you left the car might be handy - at least for one like me who sometimes run around trying to find the car among a lot similar ;)

  3. Arron Walker
    November 28, 2012 at 6:41 pm

    I can see how the features are useful... but it's iOS only, and even then, it's just not worth paying when you've already got a timer on your phone.

    • Dave LeClair
      November 30, 2012 at 4:53 am

      Well, as of now it's still free, so no reason to pay!

  4. Austen Gause
    November 28, 2012 at 6:08 pm

    this has to be one of the weirdest apps ive ever seen

  5. Steve
    November 28, 2012 at 5:59 pm

    A countdown timer app (Ovo in particular) is simpler.