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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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Re: Favorite Offbeat Way to Make Money in The Sims 3
« Reply #100 on: January 22, 2012, 10:36:12 PM »
I love hacking, and you can get alot of happiness points with the related wishes.
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Re: Favorite Offbeat Way to Make Money in The Sims 3
« Reply #101 on: January 23, 2012, 10:17:40 AM »
With pets my new way of making money is having my dogs hunt. I was surprised how much they can bring in from the gems and metal they bring home. Just running 2 dogs and my sim not making any money he had his Lifetime wish of Living in the Lap of Luxury in about a sim week.
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Re: Favorite Offbeat Way to Make Money in The Sims 3
« Reply #102 on: January 23, 2012, 06:32:36 PM »
I have to say the way I had a lot of fun in a game was marriage.  Marry a Sim, get the gifts and then kick him out. Then on to the next sucker, oops...husband. My faithless Sim became quite wealthy.

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Re: Favorite Offbeat Way to Make Money in The Sims 3
« Reply #103 on: January 29, 2012, 05:00:33 PM »
Breaking space rock boards without a doubt.  I regularly get Tiberium from this method, get it cut into heart shape and place it on the lawn.  In a few days it turns into a spire cut and grows into a large spire cut at 35k+ simoleons each for an outlay of 1k.  I score a lot of gems especially the high value ones like soulpeace, pink diamonds and opals.  Beats the heck out of scouring the landscape for gems and finding mostly low value gems.  I use Warfreak's guide and sell everything below the average and keep and cut the rest.  I do display some of it because it boosts the decorated moodlet, the rest just goes in WA treasure chests or is used in transfiguration.
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Re: Favorite Offbeat Way to Make Money in The Sims 3
« Reply #104 on: January 30, 2012, 03:04:20 AM »
I don't think I ever explained why Kleptomania is my favorite.

I've always had great luck in swiping what I want from Sims. My Sim almost always get what (s)he wants to grab.

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Re: Favorite Offbeat Way to Make Money in The Sims 3
« Reply #105 on: February 07, 2012, 04:35:00 AM »
When I start new games, I typically start with a single Sim on a vacant lot and build the house as I go and I don't use the money cheats.  An unconventional way I make some starting cash is by buying all the skill books available at the consignment store every day and selling them from my inventory.  They will always sell for quite a bit more than they cost.

Your Sim isn't going to get rich, but it will keep him in Mac 'n Cheese while he's waiting for his career to take off.  You can make about $750 on a good day off of a tiny initial investment, depending on how many books are available and their level.

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Re: Favorite Offbeat Way to Make Money in The Sims 3
« Reply #106 on: February 12, 2012, 11:49:13 AM »
With pets my new way of making money is having my dogs hunt. I was surprised how much they can bring in from the gems and metal they bring home. Just running 2 dogs and my sim not making any money he had his Lifetime wish of Living in the Lap of Luxury in about a sim week.
Exactly! I now earn around 18,000 ( or more! ) daily, only with a single sim and a dog!



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Re: Favorite Offbeat Way to Make Money in The Sims 3
« Reply #107 on: March 09, 2012, 05:19:00 PM »
I like hacking, maybe I shall start mooching now though... ;)

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« Reply #108 on: March 13, 2012, 06:37:29 PM »
Did anyone on here ever think of using the cheat to get money? All you have to do is press controll, shift, c , and when the cheat box appears, type in motherlode. It's a good way to make easy money. Yes I know motherlode is actully not a word but if you type it in just like that, you get 50,000 simolens. This is a good cheat to know if your sim has the wish to be worth several 100,000 simolens. I find it helpful if your decorating a very nice house too.  :) :) :)

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Re: Favorite Offbeat Way to Make Money in The Sims 3
« Reply #109 on: March 19, 2012, 04:34:36 PM »
If you want to cheat your way to properity use the familyfunds cheat instead of motherlode.  In the cheat bar typre in familyfunds then space the type in the household name then space then the amound you want to appear in their funds e.g. familyfunds Steel 500000 will give Christopher Steel 500,000 Simoleons to play the game.
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Re: Favorite Offbeat Way to Make Money in The Sims 3
« Reply #110 on: March 24, 2012, 12:32:15 PM »
I'm not sure if this is unique, but my Gem collecter went to China and came home with some books that had appeared in her inventory.  Plus she found some bags of cash, some coins, artifacts that she sold.  Ended up with close to 5,000 simleons.  Pretty good payback on the cost of the trip. 
I haven't had any luck in find insects, but collect seeds is well worth it, some of the have sold for as much as $45, beats finding gems, rock worth only $8-20 cash.  In Riverview, at each end of the island, I find quite a few seeds that makes it well worth the quick stop. 

Another sim who is an artist delived a painting in China.  At the base camp, you can open the bookcases and take all of the books and sell them when you get back home. 

New to this but compared to my being an artist, writer and surgeons, this is one that I think will provide the most cash and is interesting. 

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« Reply #111 on: March 29, 2012, 01:23:49 AM »
Yeah, the bookcases in the base camp have books in them that you can actually take.  They're not worth anything in China, but once you return they're worth a small fortune.

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Re: Favorite Offbeat Way to Make Money in The Sims 3
« Reply #112 on: August 12, 2012, 11:19:03 AM »
My favourite way to make money is with my dog I sent her to look for collectibles and she normally comes back with a gigantic spac rock worth $6000 and up

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Re: Favorite Offbeat Way to Make Money in The Sims 3
« Reply #113 on: August 19, 2012, 04:27:25 AM »
I think my favourite way to make money is through sculpting and painting - my sim has the Born Salesman trait, the Savvy Sculptor trait and the Suave Seller lifetime reward, and he's sold sculptures at the consignment store for thousands of simoleons each! Once a couple were sold at once, adding up to about $16,000. :)
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Re: Favorite Offbeat Way to Make Money in The Sims 3
« Reply #114 on: August 22, 2012, 10:58:49 PM »
I think we should add more to the poll. I've done only one of those things, which was the Money Tree! I used buydebug of course, since I'm a huge cheater. Pre-overwatch days, I used to take advantage of the annoying bug by moving in a Sim that's been hit by that overload car glitch, sell all the cars, and move them out. Mostly, I use the "motherlode" cheat, which I wish existed in the real world!

Having to work for stuff makes the game too realistic.

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Re: Favorite Offbeat Way to Make Money in The Sims 3
« Reply #115 on: August 31, 2012, 10:17:05 PM »
I'll mention one not one the list, gambling, you can make a ton of money with it, Sims don't even need a job. I won §5,000 with the slot machine and §6,000, with the blackjack table. I highly recommend getting it from the store, it's totally worth the 1,900 SimPoints.
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Re: Favorite Offbeat Way to Make Money in The Sims 3
« Reply #116 on: September 01, 2012, 06:03:30 AM »
I am finding more pleasure in less or no cheating, because it involves me in the actual life of my sim. His challenge becomes mine, and I love the toil/reward feeling. Free cheated stuff just don't make me smile anymore. So now I make my sims work for their wealth, and take care of their health. Back on topic, I had a money tree garden once. Cheated to get it started, but man did it pay off! I've been tempted and teased into deciding that klepto might be for me after all thanks to this thread... Which struck the perfect chord with me at the mention of stealing cars... I love cars so a huge (free but "worked" for) garage is EXTREMELY appealing to my ambition...
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Re: Favorite Offbeat Way to Make Money in The Sims 3
« Reply #117 on: September 01, 2012, 06:37:05 PM »
I am finding more pleasure in less or no cheating, because it involves me in the actual life of my sim. His challenge becomes mine, and I love the toil/reward feeling. Free cheated stuff just don't make me smile anymore. So now I make my sims work for their wealth, and take care of their health.

I totally agree with you there. I used to cheat like crazy, but not anymore. Sometimes I do if I want to build an expensive house, but then I use familyfunds to put it back at a reasonable level. Having a klepto sim is very fun! Especially with the LTW Ambitions gives, it make me want to have a goal. I like my sims to steal the cars, then sell it, but if I really like the item, I would keep it.


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Re: Favorite Offbeat Way to Make Money in The Sims 3
« Reply #118 on: September 02, 2012, 04:26:52 AM »
Hey, does detonating every car in town, then collecting and selling the scrap cound as offbeat enough??? I think I might have a problem... ("Oooohohohoh I am a pyro, Oooohohohoh I wanna burn it up!" - The Offspring) Lol
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Re: Favorite Offbeat Way to Make Money in The Sims 3
« Reply #119 on: September 06, 2012, 07:08:18 AM »
This will prove I'm crazy...

You know how you can go to China in WA and wait for the 4 metals adventure and then spend  the whole holiday strip mining the countryside? Well, I cannot  leave China without giving the guy the metals he asked me to bring him before I leave.  It feels unethical!  I feel a responsibility to give an imaginary person his imaginary share of the imaginary loot.

At the moment am trying to scrape together enough to build a house through kleptomania, writing and mooching.  It's slow going (am on day 3) but I'll get that Vaguester!
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Re: Favorite Offbeat Way to Make Money in The Sims 3
« Reply #120 on: September 08, 2012, 10:34:41 AM »
This will prove I'm crazy...

You know how you can go to China in WA and wait for the 4 metals adventure and then spend  the whole holiday strip mining the countryside? Well, I cannot  leave China without giving the guy the metals he asked me to bring him before I leave.  It feels unethical!  I feel a responsibility to give an imaginary person his imaginary share of the imaginary loot.

On WA opportunitites, unless they specifically request that the metals or gems be uncut, always smelt or cut them before turning them in.  The reward multiplier works on the finished value, giving you a whole bunch more Simoleans than you would get for an unfinished piece, plus you get the cut working toward unlocking the star cut (if that's an issue) and best, there's the chance that smelting those two lumps of mummitorium or platinum will yield extra ingots you can keep!

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Re: Favorite Offbeat Way to Make Money in The Sims 3
« Reply #121 on: September 09, 2012, 10:57:49 AM »
When I first started to play the game, I also felt a bit unfair in not giving them whatever they asked for before I left.
But now, I see it as they didn't set a date for me to give them whatever the item is.  So I take them home and I may keep one back of what they wanted, go back, hunt up the required amount and then do the next step in the adventure. 


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Re: Favorite Offbeat Way to Make Money in The Sims 3
« Reply #122 on: September 09, 2012, 11:29:51 AM »
I did this by accident, but figured it might be a way to make a living.  I used the moneycheat to buy my sim a nicer home.  The first time my sim and her new hubby moved to a new house, it was horrible so I moved them to another house.  Found all of the items from the old home was also in the inventory.  Sold most of it and earned some extra money. 

So, I tried it with another sim, used the money cheat to get a nice but not fancy home.  Moved agin and then sold everything.  Then, moved to another house and sold all of the items I had taken, giving me a nice increase in my account.  Moved her again and stripped that house, also of some doors and windows.
I had been doing it to get a good look inside of homes; see better the layout, not for a sim that I was going to keep.  But I would bet you could make some money doing that.
That was before I began using edit town to see the house's layout. 

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Re: Favorite Offbeat Way to Make Money in The Sims 3
« Reply #123 on: October 03, 2012, 02:04:34 PM »
Probably the most fun ways are not the most lucrative. One of my sims pretty much got by on just rummaging through trash cans and begging people for money.

Maybe i'll try another scam...like getting people to move in with me, selling everything they have in their inventory, and then kicking them out. That can be profitable too if they show up with an expensive car or laptop.

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Re: Favorite Offbeat Way to Make Money in The Sims 3
« Reply #124 on: October 04, 2012, 05:06:38 AM »
I just got Pets ( I know, am a slow poke.) and I'm noticing lots of cars parks in Apaloosa Plains and thinking, hey, more cars make for richer Kleptos!
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