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Out of the box money making ideas
« on: January 12, 2014, 12:19:27 PM »
I am trying to think of ways to make money that does not involve using a skill. So if anybody has any ideas let me know.


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Re: Out of the box money making ideas.
« Reply #1 on: January 12, 2014, 12:24:51 PM »
Does stuff related to traits qualify? Because hacking and stealing come to mind. If you're willing to open it up to hidden skills, making tips by playing pool is an idea too.
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Re: Out of the box money making ideas.
« Reply #3 on: January 12, 2014, 12:26:19 PM »
And don't the magic eight ball sometimes give out money randomly?

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Re: Out of the box money making ideas.
« Reply #4 on: January 12, 2014, 12:28:40 PM »
Yep. Asking it if you'll become rich will occasionally (read: often) give 50,000 simoleons. Cheaty, but it's not a skill!
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Re: Out of the box money making ideas.
« Reply #5 on: January 12, 2014, 12:42:35 PM »
Yes stuff relating to traits qualify. I have the frugal trait for coupon clipping and mooch trait.

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Re: Out of the box money making ideas.
« Reply #6 on: January 12, 2014, 01:11:48 PM »
Do you have celebrities enabled? I remember last years challenge when you had to get the LTW lifestyle of the rich and famous - celebrities can make a lot of money with no skill. Their ops are lucrative too.



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Re: Out of the box money making ideas.
« Reply #7 on: January 12, 2014, 02:45:30 PM »
Interesting topic.  Ever since Supernatural, one of my Sims' main ways of making money is to buy elixirs from the Elixir Shop and sell them back to the shop.  It feels like cheating, but if the shop is silly enough to pay more for something they just sold me, I'm willing to take advantage of it. 

I haven't personally tried this, but I've heard of people finding quite valuable items in garbage cans belonging to the expensive houses.  I don't know if that happens often enough to be a viable means of supporting yourself. 
 
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Re: Out of the box money making ideas.
« Reply #8 on: January 12, 2014, 03:08:58 PM »
Scrap doesn't sell for much, but you don't need to be an inventor to collect it and it usually sells for 2 simoleons per unit (I find it all the time searching through residential trashbins).

Dumpster diving is pretty lucrative, too. And if you send your sims to University, they can subsist off day jobs.
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Re: Out of the box money making ideas.
« Reply #9 on: January 12, 2014, 03:39:07 PM »
Thanks so much for all the ideas. I am looking forward to trying out all of your suggestions.

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Re: Out of the box money making ideas.
« Reply #10 on: January 16, 2014, 03:56:48 AM »
I've found that the beekeeper's box from Supernatural turns up a nice profit. My Sims are able to harvest it everyday (I think) and typically receive two honey jars and one beeswax. Depending on the quality of the beeswax and honey, both items can bring over $100 into the household. I got four beeswax from the box once, and they sold for almost $300! Beekeeping may not take the place of a job, but the extra cash is a nice addition to the money made at work.  :)

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Re: Out of the box money making ideas.
« Reply #11 on: January 16, 2014, 09:40:32 AM »
Do you have the Stonesthrow Greenhouse set? The dancing sunflowers that come with it only cost 75 (as I recall) and produce 4 suns a day that are worth 90 or 100 each. not a lot, but it adds up.

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Re: Out of the box money making ideas.
« Reply #12 on: January 16, 2014, 02:39:01 PM »
If your sim has the mooch trait, you can get some money from that. Not a lot though. You could also pick wildflowers (if you have seasons). You can get quite a bit of money from that. The most expensive flower is $600. I seem to find a lot of them at the park/festival.

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Re: Out of the box money making ideas.
« Reply #13 on: January 17, 2014, 07:52:52 AM »
The cheaty-est store item I know of is the produce stand. Join the gardener career for an extra discount, then buy out the books and then sell them for a HUGE profit.
My favourite non-store ways to make money are gems and transfiguration. If you don't want to use the collection skill challenge slot, buy a miner from the consignment store and mine until you get tiberium, or get a dog. Then cut it at the consignment store. Wait til all the bits grow, and then consign them.

If transfiguration is a go, then buy out all the gem dust at the elixir consignment store and any gems from the consignment store. Turn them into soulpeace gems and cut them and sell them (consigned of course for the bonus).

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Re: Out of the box money making ideas.
« Reply #14 on: January 29, 2014, 05:06:16 AM »
If you have Ambitions, you can make a ton of money just from buying consumables from the grocery store and reselling them at the consignment store (the best for reselling is the Red Berry Bean if you have University Life) . You could maximize your profit by taking the Born Salesman/Born Saleswoman trait and the Suave Seller LTR for 15k points. You could also visit the consignment store each day and cancel all consignments that didn't sell the previous day and relist them so that you always get the most profit, but this would take a lot of micromanaging since you would have to cancel each item that doesn't sell one at time. If you have University Life, you could go dumpster diving and sell whatever you find, but it isn't nearly as profitable as reselling items, at least in my experience.

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Re: Out of the box money making ideas.
« Reply #15 on: January 29, 2014, 09:14:08 AM »
I've found that the beekeeper's box from Supernatural turns up a nice profit. My Sims are able to harvest it everyday (I think) and typically receive two honey jars and one beeswax. Depending on the quality of the beeswax and honey, both items can bring over $100 into the household. I got four beeswax from the box once, and they sold for almost $300! Beekeeping may not take the place of a job, but the extra cash is a nice addition to the money made at work.  :)

Yes, and the nice thing is that your Sim can harvest honey from the beekeeper's boxes at the Elixir Shop, so you don't even have to own a box if you don't want to. 
 
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Re: Out of the box money making ideas
« Reply #16 on: March 02, 2014, 07:12:26 AM »
Complete a lifetime wish and buy collector lifetime reward. You just select gems and metals and instant money. I have a room full of gems. ::)

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Re: Out of the box money making ideas
« Reply #17 on: March 16, 2014, 12:59:35 AM »
Money-Making Methods that do not require a Skill:

1. Venue Partnership/Ownership
- Own the venues in your town; make money every week
- If you forget to collect profits by the end of the week, don't worry; all weekly profits stack

2. Collecting
- All collectibles are sellable
- Note: The best way to make the most $$$ out of Collecting is cutting/selling Gems
- However, to do this you would need to use a Skill (Martial Arts); you would break Space Rocks; your sim can find Tiberium which you can get cut (once you get your cut Tiberium from the mail, place them on the ground; ALL Tiberium grow into Large Spire Cuts eventually on the ground); Tiberium with Large Spire Cut sell for 35-50k each

3. Mooching
- It's a Sim Trait
- If you don't have it, use your Lifetime Reward Points to purchase "Mid-life Crisis" under the Lifetime Rewards and pick new traits (obviously get Mooch)
- You can Mooch things (money) from your friends/neighbors
- Note: I've never tried this personally, so I don't know how much money you can make

4. Hacking
- No Skill is needed
- Note: However, having Logic will improve results
- Note: Hacking can only be done during a certain time of day (I think 9PM to 7AM)
- Note: Hacking has an income limit; it doesn't matter how many time you have hacked; it hits a cap; this cap is around 4500-5000 simoleons a night if you have Logic and all beneficial Sim traits to help aid with Hacking

5. Stealing/Swiping
- Swiping items from other Sims and the Sim world
- Maximum of swiping THREE items per day if you have Kleptomaniac trait
- Can only swipe between 7PM and 6AM
- Sell the stolen goods for $$$

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Re: Out of the box money making ideas
« Reply #18 on: March 19, 2014, 02:08:35 PM »
I made about $9000 just from picking flowers at the festivals.

Also another money maker is using a witch Sim to conjure apples then convert them into something.
You could strike lucky and get something worth allot.
(Need Supernatural)

Also, a way to earn $300k is to either find or buy (in life time rewards) a genie lamp.
You get three wishes and one is basically 'make me rich'.
You can repeat the same wish for all three.
It could appear cheaty, but It will take allot of work to do. Unless you get lucky in the mausoleum or tomb.
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Re: Out of the box money making ideas
« Reply #19 on: March 19, 2014, 02:56:54 PM »
4. Hacking
- No Skill is needed
- Note: However, having Logic will improve results
- Note: Hacking can only be done during a certain time of day (I think 9PM to 7AM)
- Note: Hacking has an income limit; it doesn't matter how many time you have hacked; it hits a cap; this cap is around 4500-5000 simoleons a night if you have Logic and all beneficial Sim traits to help aid with Hacking

I just wanted to add when it comes to hacking, you need the Computer Whiz trait, and sometimes you will get "Caught" and get a virus that breaks your computer, and you'll have to repair or upgrade it.
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Re: Out of the box money making ideas
« Reply #20 on: March 20, 2014, 11:40:53 AM »
With the latest expansion pack- ITF, your could buy lottery to increase your fortune with varying result depends on the advance technology skill your sim have, but the skill is not a must.

Oh yeah, and another one : hatching dragon egg. Need absolutely no skill at all.
With the DV, you could either got the egg for free or if you've run out the free one, you could buy it with 300-ish simoleons.
The dragon could be sold at 900 simoleon or 1000 (if armoured).
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Re: Out of the box money making ideas
« Reply #21 on: April 26, 2014, 04:35:31 AM »
Creating your own horse farm: breeding, training and selling horses.

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Re: Out of the box money making ideas
« Reply #22 on: April 30, 2014, 11:14:58 AM »
Being a member of book club. Once in every week there will be a book sent to your mailbox. The book usually worth at least about a few hundreds simoleons and you could sell those books for money.
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« Reply #23 on: April 30, 2014, 11:19:03 AM »
As a note, joining the book club requires the Bookworm trait. :)

If you have Showtime, you can DJ for tips. This does require having a community lot with a DJ booth, though. DJing is also a hidden skill that spawns ops. I don't know if the ops pay (haven't completed one yet).
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« Reply #24 on: June 09, 2014, 04:19:06 PM »
What about building on a tiny lot and selling the house, or remodeling a cheap house?  Of course, you'd have to have some cash first but not that much.  You all have inspired me!  I'm going to try out some of these great ideas.

Oh, and if you don't mind cheating, you can always do a build/buy on this lot, (after tce), and then go around hammering cars parked everywhere and random stuff.  The big fountains are nice.   ;)
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