One of the best ways to overcome that nasty land tax bill is to prepare for it by opening a money market account. If your tax bill is $1200 for the year, then make it less painful by starting a money market account and deposit $100 per month.
When the bill is due withdraw the funds from the account and all the interest is yours to keep - it should provide for a nice dinner out or maybe more.
Money market accounts are very safe - essentially a mutual fund that holds cash, bonds and t-bills. You will never lose your capital and you should earn 4% interest or so. Which is a heck of alot better than any savings account that your bank will offer.
Any bill that you know will come due in the year - land tax, water and sewer, etc can be planned for this way. That way instead of writing a big whopping cheque once a year you can pay it a little at a time and earn some interest as well.
Of course this doesn't help you if the bill is due right away - but can help for next year....
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