I find myself paying for careless mistakes from time to time.
A few weeks ago, it was a parking ticket. I was visiting a place with a different system.
More recently, it was something toll related.
These mistakes cost a lot more to fix than to do it right of course. The parking ticket, for example, would have cost all of $4. The fine was $40.
While the goal is not to repeat these kinds of mistakes (it is a worthy goal), these slip ups happen from time to time.
As long as they’re (a) small and (b) happening on occasion vs. often, I just chalk them up to an imaginary careless mistake allowance.
Doing so helps me avoid time spent kicking myself. Pay the fine, learn the lesson, and move on.