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There are a lot of odd and unique ways to make money in the Sims 3. What way has worked well for your Sims?

Hacking - Nightly forays into the internet underworld plundering other Sims' cash
58 (26.2%)
Kleptomania - "Nice lamp, I think I'll take it!"
90 (40.7%)
Gold Digger - Get enough to live on, cuz once you snag a sucker you're set for life.
31 (14%)
Mooching - "Can I have 200 Simoleons, Sim I just met?"
7 (3.2%)
Solving the Unsolvable - Surviving on mental power alone
10 (4.5%)
Finding Stars - Mapping the Galaxy for Fun and Profit
25 (11.3%)

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Favorite Offbeat Way to Make Money in The Sims 3
« on: September 01, 2009, 11:27:07 PM »
I've enjoyed playing Sims that live without careers or traditional skills. Exploring the catacombs was a waste of time for a livable income, but other methods have worked much better. Kleptomaniac was my favorite, I think, even though you can only steal a few times each night. I laughed a lot at the goofy things my Sim stole. Seriously, there's a laptop in the room and he takes the drapes (they had very nice drapes, though!). It beats stealing the lights outside people's houses. It's probably one of the more interactive ways to make cash in the game.

What way above has worked best for you and what will you try next?

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Re: Favorite Offbeat Way to Make Money in The Sims 3
« Reply #1 on: September 01, 2009, 11:44:19 PM »
This isn't very offbeat, but the money trees can be VERY lucrative.  One of my families was harvesting up to $50,000 a day from 30 money trees!  The trees don't die if you take care of them and they drop seeds to plant more money trees.  Good money for a gardener!
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Re: Favorite Offbeat Way to Make Money in The Sims 3
« Reply #2 on: September 02, 2009, 09:06:41 PM »
I agree, Pam.  The money trees have been my big money makers too.  I don't really use any of the methods in the poll (guess my sims tend to be goody-two-shoes).

My favorite method is searching for gems, rocks and bugs.

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Re: Favorite Offbeat Way to Make Money in The Sims 3
« Reply #3 on: September 02, 2009, 10:41:32 PM »
Lol Reesaroo!  Mine are goody two shoes, too.  I've also got gems and butterflies all over the mansion.  They make nice decorations. 
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Re: Favorite Offbeat Way to Make Money in The Sims 3
« Reply #4 on: September 03, 2009, 12:35:34 AM »
I don't decorate with them - purely a money maker for me.   ;D

Why do you suppose are sims are always good?  Isn't it good to be bad every once in a while?  I rarely let mine sleep - too many things to accomplish.  Poor little insomniac, overacheiving sims.

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Re: Favorite Offbeat Way to Make Money in The Sims 3
« Reply #5 on: September 03, 2009, 01:02:16 AM »
It's probably some kind of deep rooted psychological thing.  Lol.  Some people can't even pretend to be evil.  I'm playing the Legacy Challenge, so I don't get to choose the traits except for the family trait of Green Thumb.  Even when they are born evil, I can't make them do bad stuff and I usually cancel it if they're going to do it on their own.  I had a guy get all the way to Emperor of Evil and barely did anything bad. 
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Re: Favorite Offbeat Way to Make Money in The Sims 3
« Reply #6 on: September 03, 2009, 01:20:55 AM »
ROFLOL!

I'm doing the 3 Little Sims Challenge.  I "remodeled" Claire Ursine, but kept her traits.  Then I added my Avatar, Angela, and threw in a guy for good measure.  They're cracking me up!

Claire is about as "evil" as I go.  She's almost as grumpy as me. :-\

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Re: Favorite Offbeat Way to Make Money in The Sims 3
« Reply #7 on: September 03, 2009, 01:28:23 AM »
I really gotta recommend you guys trying gold digger, emperor of evil (living up to being evil), master thief (with kleptomania) or heartbreaker some time. I think they're neat to do. Make the evil Sims mean spirited and give the the evil trait so they'll enjoy doing these naughty things. It will let you see many unique dramas you won't see any other way, and give you a glimpse into an entire other side of the game.

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Re: Favorite Offbeat Way to Make Money in The Sims 3
« Reply #8 on: September 03, 2009, 09:26:45 AM »
Carl, you're right... I know this.  I'm on day 7 of the challenge that I'm working on now.  How about you come up with a challenge for us?  Maybe you could bring us over to "the dark side". 

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« Reply #9 on: September 03, 2009, 02:09:35 PM »
I haven't heard about the 3 Little Sims Challenge.  How does it work?  I actually have a Sim in my Legacy family who wants to be a Master Thief.  She's evil, but I don't think Kleptomaniac.  She's also a level 10 Gardener, which is rather an odd mix.  Green Thumb is the only trait I'm allowed to choose for them and the family garden (plantation) is so huge that they need everyone to help out to keep the money flowing.  Not many of them actually have jobs with steady incomes.  However, they do own every business in town.  Lol.
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Re: Favorite Offbeat Way to Make Money in The Sims 3
« Reply #10 on: September 03, 2009, 03:48:35 PM »
Addict1220 posted the 3 Little Sims Challenge over on the Sims3 website.

The Basic Concept:

Follow the lives of three sims cohabitating on the same lot. Using a rotation schedule of three days, you will control each sim just one day in three. The other two days, they will live their lives on their own; they will choose whether to go to work, make dinner, or hang around in their skivvies.


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Re: Favorite Offbeat Way to Make Money in The Sims 3
« Reply #11 on: September 03, 2009, 03:50:55 PM »
My current Sim is a Master Thief who had Kleptomaniac.  I found it kind of cool at first, but eventually it was getting ridiculously easy to make money with it (stealing cars and statues).  I eventually bought a Midlife Crisis and changed it out for Loves the Outdoors.

It was funny to steal a toilet from a family though.  Even after I returned it, they didn't have one to use.

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Re: Favorite Offbeat Way to Make Money in The Sims 3
« Reply #12 on: September 03, 2009, 03:54:51 PM »
Thanks Reesaroo.  I'll definitely check that out.  I really like the challenges for playing the game.  I don't think I'm creative enough to think of that stuff on my own.  We should have a topic just for talking about challenges since this thread is supposed to be about ways to make money.
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Re: Favorite Offbeat Way to Make Money in The Sims 3
« Reply #13 on: September 03, 2009, 10:17:01 PM »
Hey!  How'd you get so many stars, Pam?  I'm jealous... I have one...  Are you a star hoggie?

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« Reply #14 on: September 03, 2009, 10:18:44 PM »
Heh.  It's probably because I'm a Global Moderator. 
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Re: Favorite Offbeat Way to Make Money in The Sims 3
« Reply #15 on: September 03, 2009, 11:13:17 PM »
::hmpfph:: I'm gonna go pout in my little one star corner.   >:(

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Re: Favorite Offbeat Way to Make Money in The Sims 3
« Reply #16 on: September 04, 2009, 07:34:56 PM »
I'm not going to change my vote, but I have to say that after just doing Gold Digger very quickly, I'm impressed with pocketing $300,000 Simoleons in the first 10 days.

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Re: Favorite Offbeat Way to Make Money in The Sims 3
« Reply #17 on: September 05, 2009, 09:51:11 PM »
I guess I'm like Reesaroo and Pam...too goody-two-shoes for my own good.  ::)

Most favorite way to make money, though it's not really off beat, is fishing.  Wow, between vampire fish and robot fish, sims can really rake in the dough.  Mine was making around 2,000 every 2-3 days.  He'd go play his guitar for tips in the AM and run around, going to science facility and graveyard, fishing through to supper.  Deathfish bring a nice sum also but must be caught after midnight.

Btw, the 3 sims challenge sounds very interesting, and fun.   

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Re: Favorite Offbeat Way to Make Money in The Sims 3
« Reply #18 on: September 06, 2009, 12:05:36 PM »
Try making a pond in your yard, and stocking it with death fish. You'd need ten in your inventory to do this. You can stock multiple nodes into the pond - one for death fish, one for vampire fish etc. Then you'll be guaranteed to catch that fish when using that spot.

Heading out to your magical pond and catching death fish 24/7 might be seen as a bit offbeat.

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Re: Favorite Offbeat Way to Make Money in The Sims 3
« Reply #19 on: September 06, 2009, 01:58:28 PM »
Great idea Carl!  I read on sims3 forum how someone put several different kinds of fish in pond but could only catch one kind.  ???  So probably will only stock with vampires...can fish for those anytime.


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Re: Favorite Offbeat Way to Make Money in The Sims 3
« Reply #20 on: September 06, 2009, 03:13:22 PM »
You can catch any fish that you've got stocked in your pond, you just have to have enough of it.  Even though you need 10 to be able to stock the pond, that doesn't give it enough to fish.  The more fish you put into the pond, the better the fishing becomes.  So, you don't put just the 10 fish.  You have to keep putting 10 fish over and over to stock it to the point that it becomes a decent fishing spot.  I guess what I'm saying is that the fish don't reproduce.  You have to keep putting them into the pond for it to grow.
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Re: Favorite Offbeat Way to Make Money in The Sims 3
« Reply #21 on: September 06, 2009, 04:38:13 PM »
I was wondering how stocking the pond worked.  Thanks for clarifying, Pam.

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« Reply #22 on: September 07, 2009, 01:40:52 PM »
Thanks Pam...I'm definitely going to try several different kinds.   ;)

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Re: Favorite Offbeat Way to Make Money in The Sims 3
« Reply #23 on: September 09, 2009, 01:04:46 PM »
Did anybody know that with Klepto you can be a car thief? Too bad they aren't worth as much as you'd think. I think an 80,000 car only sells for like 6,000 simoleons.

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Re: Favorite Offbeat Way to Make Money in The Sims 3
« Reply #24 on: September 09, 2009, 06:25:11 PM »
Did anybody know that with Klepto you can be a car thief? Too bad they aren't worth as much as you'd think. I think an 80,000 car only sells for like 6,000 simoleons.

I don't like that the car just goes into the family inventory.  It would be much sweeter if the Sim drove off in the car.