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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 #125 on: October 04, 2012, 12:45:12 PM »
Conjuration is insane. I conjure some apples, place them on an altar looking end table, and start transforming them. If I'm somewhat lucky, I can get some Soulpieces and whatnot. This got me thinking, does the Lucky trait affect the outcome?

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Re: Favorite Offbeat Way to Make Money in The Sims 3
« Reply #126 on: October 04, 2012, 01:44:35 PM »
I don't know if you need the lucky trait. Casting the "good luck" charm on yourself gives you the same moodlet.
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Re: Favorite Offbeat Way to Make Money in The Sims 3
« Reply #127 on: October 04, 2012, 03:50:45 PM »
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.

I know it's been a while since this posted, but I keep thinking about it - if it makes you feel any better about turning the metals in, the multiplier that is used for quest rewards is like 20x the value of the item.

I used to always turn in the lowest value relic or metal or gem I had that would meet the requirements.  Now, I always turn in the highest - the rewards are worth it!

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Re: Favorite Offbeat Way to Make Money in The Sims 3
« Reply #128 on: October 05, 2012, 10:11:52 AM »
Simone23, that's a very good point.
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Re: Favorite Offbeat Way to Make Money in The Sims 3
« Reply #129 on: January 13, 2013, 02:51:49 PM »
I know this hasn't been posted in in a while, I hope it's okay I'm replying now ^__^;

I voted the way I make extra money is by solving the unsolveable, which is true as far as my off beat way of making money goes ... but other ways I make money, though maybe not real hard-core, is by picking up any and all seeds, flowers, stones, gems, bugs, etc. and selling them. Some items like bugs and plants, I'll take to the Elixir shop that came with Supernatural; I found that a Mandrake root that sold for only $12 from my inventory, went for almost $100 via the shop; that was a really nice surprise!

I had my Sims grow fruits and veggies, most were between very nice and outstanding, and one day got almost $20k from goods sold at the shop. Granted, I had a LOT of items in the shop - and as I said, were all very nice or better quality. I have my Sims do lots of gardening strictly for money making purposes. I don't want my Sims to be too rich, too fast. Because then I tend to lose interest in the family. So gardening is a slow-paced way for me to keep my Sims with income, without going overboard. Especially the ones that I use as Stay-At-Home moms, gardening is great for killing time between cooking meals and tending to the todd's.
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Re: Favorite Offbeat Way to Make Money in The Sims 3
« Reply #130 on: January 13, 2013, 03:14:50 PM »
I had a family that started off by stargazing. It's a little inconsistent, but I've gotten some great pay for discovering celestial bodies.

Picking flowers with Seasons is also great for easy money. Cosmos will sell for 600 simoleons, and Twinbrook's festival grounds ended up having about five at once to pick one day. Between that and the wishes associated with picking flowers (1,000 points to pick twenty of them isn't a bad trade-off), it's definitely a cool way to get starting money in a dynasty.

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Re: Favorite Offbeat Way to Make Money in The Sims 3
« Reply #131 on: January 17, 2013, 03:48:06 PM »
Depending on start fund availability, you can easily make 500k or more in about 6 hours with the Midas Touch elixir. Quickest way is to buy the most expensive sculpture you can (nothing larger than the one for 12,500 whose name I forget), and Midas Touch, then sell immediately. The value of the sculpture is doubled when Touched - so sell the one, buy 2 more. Sell the 2, buy 4 more, etc. If you buy a whole garden full of the 12,500, and touch them all, you just make so much money!



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Re: Favorite Offbeat Way to Make Money in The Sims 3
« Reply #132 on: January 17, 2013, 09:24:40 PM »
I just did that and made soooo much money!
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Re: Favorite Offbeat Way to Make Money in The Sims 3
« Reply #133 on: January 19, 2013, 10:06:09 AM »
Sellilng veggies and fruits gave me an idea.  I have been creating a community garden to save and set out for each game.  Some of the plants reach perfect before other can get up to great, trees take a long time it seems to mature to harvest state.

I could either make it just a garden, or enlarge the garden, and leave out the big pond, or no play area and you can plant some seeds, let them start to grow and then change it to residental and they will keep growing, so you don't have to wait for those to reach maturity.
Anyhow, with a garden full of perfect plants (used buydebug to get all of the plants), that could be quite a haul.  Cheat even more and add some spawners of gems and you have more income.  Could also build just a large pond and fill it with deathfish, or whatever gives the most value, that would also give extra income.  That would be like going to the hatchery in Riverview. 

Going to try that and see how much my sim can make in a day from the harvesting. No weeding, no watering, now a type of to a "pick your own" park garden.


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Re: Favorite Offbeat Way to Make Money in The Sims 3
« Reply #134 on: January 30, 2013, 06:02:46 PM »
My favorite way to make money - though not quite off-beat - was salvaging broken furniture from the scrap-yard.  Now, however, with the Late Night patch, I'm not able to do it anymore :-(

I guess my Sims will have to resort to mooching off their neighbors.

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Re: Favorite Offbeat Way to Make Money in The Sims 3
« Reply #135 on: June 13, 2014, 09:24:11 PM »
I recently started doing a Rags to Riches challenge, and my favorite way for my sim to make money is selling produce harvested at the community garden and flowers picked. Not the most lucrative, but it keeps her alive.
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Favorite Offbeat Way to Make Money in The Sims 3
« Reply #136 on: June 14, 2014, 12:51:45 AM »
If I want a sim to start off in a nice home, I merge them with a very rich family and them have the move out as the active household. They use the original tenants funds to buy the new house and take the rest of the money with them to the new house!

Also, if you Move a house onto a new lot, the price resets to usually under 2000 simoleons. You can move giant houses and then buy them cheap!


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Re: Favorite Offbeat Way to Make Money in The Sims 3
« Reply #137 on: July 27, 2014, 01:50:54 PM »
I get my sims to go dumpster-diving and then sell what they find - they are treasure troves!

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Re: Favorite Offbeat Way to Make Money in The Sims 3
« Reply #138 on: July 29, 2014, 05:12:33 PM »
My favorite off-beat way (and it isn't a speed way at all, but pretty steady once a family gets it going) of making sims money is...

Keeping the largest of deathfish caught and then breeding them in the large aquariums. I usually have 3-4 aquariums going so that regular feeding and cleaning doesn't get too crazy of a chore.

I have found having four fish in the tank seems to spawn the two new ones the quickest. When I have the sims do the feeding chore, I also have them click on "manage" option so I can see how many are in the tank. I remove any more than four from the tanks' inventory for sale; removing the smallest in weight as I want to breed them as large as possible.

You can do this with any kind of fish of course. It also certainly isn't one of the "fastest cash ever" strategies, but I do find it kind of a quirky and interesting way of no sims in the house actually needing a job. Lol.

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Re: Favorite Offbeat Way to Make Money in The Sims 3
« Reply #139 on: August 04, 2014, 02:56:00 PM »
I also enjoy fishing as a way to make money in the Sims. It only takes a little bit of time for the skill to build up, and eventually you can be hauling in hundreds every day if you catch the right fish. Not a bad option as well, especially when paired with gardening, since the bait from the produce you grow aides in catching fish, early on.

MeestorMark--do you breed fish in an expansion pack, or is it possible to do in just regular old Sims? I play a console version--at least at the moment--and love the idea that you have. I find my unemployed Sims tend to be more boring, and would love to spruce up their lives.

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Re: Favorite Offbeat Way to Make Money in The Sims 3
« Reply #140 on: August 04, 2014, 04:24:29 PM »
I think whatever EP that gave us the large aquariums is needed. Don't remember which one off the top of my head, but thinking Late Night. Also not totally sure if it came with the EP or with the patch that came with the EP, because I also think they sell some large aquariums in some of the EA store sets at thesims3.com.

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Re: Favorite Offbeat Way to Make Money in The Sims 3
« Reply #141 on: August 08, 2014, 11:41:31 AM »
Ah, okay. Thank you!

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Re: Favorite Offbeat Way to Make Money in The Sims 3
« Reply #142 on: August 14, 2014, 03:00:39 AM »
My favorite one is to max science skill and clone those plasma bugs. Too bad we cant clone sims for organ farming....