I also live in Texas and drive by every cop wondering if today is the day I get a ticket for no front plate.
They absolutely ruin the front of the car.
Just donate to the local cop drive and put that sticker in the back or side window. It will get you the most courtesy that particular cop will give.
Also, if its the same route, just talk to the cop. Tell him that you take that route often and while you have no desire to break the law, you also would rather not drill holes into the car. Ask if it will be a problem if you continue taking that route. He may say "yeah you'll get a ticket every time, but the truth I've found is they usually don't care about super low level infractions like that"