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Sources of Income: Simoleons

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Sources of Income: Simoleons

No matter what your history is with the game series, even when you were an early adopter going all the way back to the original Sims, you played TSO (The Sims Online) and you own every expansion like, ever, the reality is that The Sims FreePlay is unlike any other version or game in the previous series and, more to the point, Game Play in real-time will very quickly have you whispering in your own ear that you really really could use some money....

Which is why, eventually and no matter how good you are at planning out and leveling your Sims, you (like everyone else who plays the game) will eventually find yourself looking for ways to boost the efficiency of your XP/LP/SP and Simoleon gathering tactics no matter what they are.

One lesson that playing this game reinforced is the truth in the observation that "There Ain't No Such Thing as a Free Lunch" - or TANSTAAFL (we prefer to pronounce it as "Tan-STAFF-All" but the long version works too...

KISS: Keep it Simple and Sweet

The path towards wealth in FreePlay is a predictable one - but the avenue towards wealth is narrow enough so that it can be mostly summed up in a single descriptive but very short paragraph:

"Wealth and XP from Jobs and Leveling, following your Puppy around your yard, Garden Crops, Cooking Recipes, and Hobby Flashmobs."

Yep, that pretty much sums it up.

The taxes you collect on each property are a consistent source of income
The taxes you collect on each property are a consistent source of income


Gardening: the first method for earning Simoleons that you are introduced to as part of the tutorial play is also one of the easiest ways for you to continue to make money in the game -- especially as it allows you to set all of your Sims to work at predictable schedules. For instance, when you examine the various plants that you can grow, you will note that they all have different grow times, and different rewards:

Plant Name Unlocked Cost to Plant Grow Time Reward
Bell Peppers Level 2013 Free 30 Seconds $4 / 4 XP
Carrots Level 1 $3 5 Minutes $32 / 20 XP
Corn Level 2 $11 30 Minutes $100 / 100 XP
Pumpkin Level 5 $66 1 Day $560 / 900 XP
Onions Level 6 $137 7 Hours $800 / 600 XP
Beans Level 7 $115 9 Hours $840 / 620 XP
Tomatoes Level 8 $82 6 Hours $2000 / 860 XP
Watermelons Level 10 $22 1 Hour $172 / 120 XP
Potatoes Level 12 $44 2 Hour $300 / 200 XP
Spinach Level 14 1 Life Point 1 Day $5,800 / 2400 XP
Strawberries Level 16 $44 1 Day $2,800 / 1400 XP
Zucchini Level 18 $66 4 Hours $480 / 400 XP
Lettuce Level 20 $22 45 Minutes $620 / 240 XP
24-carat Carrot Level 21 2 Life Points 5 Hours $2,200 / 100 XP
Garlic Level 22 $93 8 Hours $260 / 1300 XP
Eggplant Level 24 $126 18 Hours $3,000 / 1600 XP
Chilli Pepper Level 31 $33 16 Hours $200 / 1000 XP
Hamburger Plant Level 36 $132 12 Hours $800 / 1860 XP

The Danger of Sim-eating Plants

As you work your way through the different Seeds in the game you will Notice that some of them appear to have a snarling plant icon on them - this indicates that this seed has the potential to grow a Sim-eating Plant!

When a Sim-eating Plant is grown, it triggers a spinning wheel Event during which the player must tap to resolve the growth into either the desired plant, or a Sim-eating version. If the player ends up with the Sim-eating Plant, they can choose to "negotiate" with the Plant by tapping on it, in order to convince it that your garden may not be the best place for them to live... The negotiation is a 3m event in which your Sim basically wrestles sense into the monster plant.

One of the easiest and most efficient ways to put your Sims to work in Gardening is to pick one house and place as many Garden Plots as you have Sims -- usually in a straight line along the back edge of the lot -- and then invite all of the Sims over who are not at work, and set them to work Gardening. The reason that this is efficient is in how the game interprets the active Sim at any given moment -- when you start with the top Sim in the Sim Tracker and assign them to a plot it automatically makes the next available Sim active.

What that means is you can go right down the line by tapping the Garden Plot itself rather than having to select a Sim, then pick the Seed, rinse and repeat until all of the Sims who are present are Gardening.

While the most profitable Seed would be Peppers (a 30 second crop) that will keep you so busy you will not have time to scratch your nose... Corn, which is a 30 minute crop, is a more convenient one for this sort of effort, since it allows you to do other things in real life and come back at convenient intervals, but YMMV.

Your dog or cat serves as an excellent treasure finding pal
Your dog or cat serves as an excellent treasure finding pal


Baking is another inside track to money and experience... The second most effective means to exchange time for Simoleons and XP is baking, which you will need to own an oven in order to do.

The following Recipes are available:

Recipe Unlocked Cost to Make Cooking Time Reward
Cookies Level 2013 $1 1 Minute $2 / 10 XP
Hot Cross Buns Level 2 $1 2 Minutes $4 / 20 XP
Pancakes Level 3 $6 10 Minutes $12 / 60 XP
Heart Shaped Chocolate Level 4 $9 12 Minutes $18 / 90 XP
Apple Pie Level 5 $19 40 Minutes $36 / 100 XP
Choc Pudding Level 6 $33 2 Hours $60 / 300 XP
Croissants Level 7 $121 18 Hours $220 / 1,150 XP
Birthday Cake Level 8 5 LP 1 Day 999 XP
Rocky Road Level 9 $137 12 Hours $500 / 1000 XP
Banana Bread Level 10 $132 20 Hours $480 / 2400 XP
Donuts Level 11 $66 8 Hours $240 / 1200 XP
Caramel Slice Level 15 $77 10 Hours $140 / 700 XP
Gingerbread Sims Level 17 $55 6 Hours $100 / 500 XP
Brownies Level 19 $4 5 Minutes $16 / 80 XP
Danish Level 21 $165 1 Day $300 / 1,500 XP
Cheesecake Level 23 $44 4 Hours $80 / 400 XP
Waffles Level 26 $16 45 Minutes $60 / 300 XP
Muffins Level 28 $13 30 Minutes $25 / 120 XP
Souffle Level 32 1 Life Point 4 Hours $400 / 400 XP
Wedding Cake Level 35 2 Life Points 22 Hours $2,500 / 1700 XP

The Seeds/Recipes are unlocked as you progress in gaining levels, and as you can see from the list, they offer you a variety of choices for exchanging time for either Simoleons or Life Points.

Probably the biggest single source of income will be your Sim Jobs
Probably the biggest single source of income will be your Sim Jobs

Ghostbuster Flashmob

This may sound a bit unlikely but... You can actually do pretty well in terms of money, LP, and XP by ding what we call a Ghostbuster Flashmob - which is basically where you create a designated Ghost House and then gather a decent-sized group of Sims to do a group Ghost Busting Session.

There are a few preparation concerns you will want to observe, but that is mostly a one-time setup process so it will be mostly painless. Just sort out the following:

Step 1: Have your designated Master Ghost Hunter take up the Hobby and master it, leveling it to 6 and collect all 12 of the Items. That last bit is important because you need to be able to reset the collection and the only way you can do that is to have completed it once already.

Step 2: Create a Ghost House. Technically this is optional - but there are benefits to doing it... And besides, it looks really cool. Just saying. So, now that you have decided to make a Ghost House, do the following:

(1) Pick the house you are going to use - preferably it is a house you have unlocked/built that no Sim lives in.

(2) Strip the lot clean, backpacking all of its Items. You can always sell what you do not need or want, but you may want to use the garden and yard stuff to decorate the Houses of your other Sims. And you never can tell when an extra fridge or couch might come in handy!

(3) Create a basic L-shaped house with a bathroom at one end, and a large living area and bedroom on the main end. You do not want to have too many rooms and you do not want too much clutter because you don't want things getting in the way of the capture process.

(4) Decorate the house as you like - I prefer dark colors for my Ghost House (see the illustrations). Once you have the house, walls and floor the way you want, you want it is time to ghostify the place!

(5) Add Haunted Items and Objects: The rule of thumb here is that you are going to need ONE haunted object for every ONE Ghost Hunting Sim. The reason for that is that when a Sim taps and activates the Ghost Hunting Action on the object, that object is locked to that Sim until the ghost is either caught or escapes.

Ten (10) Haunted Items and/or Objects is the target number since 10 Sims is the limit you can have on a single property. So pick your 10 objects - you can go the cheap route and just buy the lowest price items, or you can go whole-hog and decorate the heck out of your Ghost House. Or you can go middle-of-the-road and compromise

Step 3: Have a Ghost Hunting Flashmob Event: Now that you have everything set up, have your master hunter visit the Ghost House and then whistle up the rest of your team of Ghost Hunters. Once all are present, reset the collection (be sure that you do that, it is important) begin the hunt!

The Flashmob Experience: While filling the collection again and again is the primary objective, remember that you can also pick up XP, money, and LP from the act of catching the duplicates. Not as much as the original bounty to be sure, but every point, every dollar, and every LP counts!

Benefits Review - or - What you Gain: When you do a Ghost Busting Flashmob you have the potential to earn really good XP and a pile of LP, but not so much in the way of money.


Construction takes time but each building adds to the town income

Town Income: while this is not as obvious (or as lucrative) as active earning, it must be pointed out that the game includes a passive sort of income that comes from the properties that exist in the city. Each has its own timer, with the timers based upon the order of placement, so you can collect on the following schedule:


  • Residence 01 -- $5 every 1 Minute

  • Residence 02 -- $10 every 5 Minutes

  • Residence 03 -- $15 every 30 Minutes

  • Residence 04 -- $20 every 1 Hour

  • Residence 05 -- $30 every 2 Hours

  • Residence 06 -- $50 every 4 Hours

  • Residence 07 -- $75 every 8 Hours

  • Residence 08 -- $100 every 12 Hours

  • Residence 09 -- $125 every 16 hours

  • Residence 10 -- $150 every 20 hours

  • Residence 11 -- $175 every 24 hours

  • Residence 12 -- TBA

  • Residence 13 -- TBA

  • Residence 14 -- TBA

  • Residence 15 -- TBA

  • Residence 16 -- TBA



When passive income is available for collection the Town Icon will flash with the Simoleon sign -- you simply need to select the Town view and then each of the flashing Simoleon icons over the properties to collect the funds due and reset their timers.


The Pleasure and Gains of Pet Ownership... Your first pet is free, the rest require Life Points to purchase...

Random Income from Pets: believe it or not the income that you can take in by remembering to click on the dig icon for your Pet, which can easily net you $100 or even the odd Life Point, which certainly makes that worth doing.

On average your dog earns more per hour than you can!

An example of Pet income over the course of a real-life hour of Game Play shows the value that they present, especially when this is combined with having one or more Sim Garden at the same time. Here is a sampling for the first pet provided to your original Sim for one hour of play:

  • 7:00 -- 1 Life Point

  • 7:01 -- $50

  • 7:02 -- $5 ($55)

  • 7:02 -- 1 Life Point (2 LP)

  • 7:03 -- $1 ($56)

  • 7:04 -- $10 ($66)

  • 7:05 -- $10 ($76)

  • 7:06 -- $15 ($91)

  • 7:07 -- $50 ($141)

  • 7:07 -- $15 ($156)

  • 7:08 -- $5 ($161)

  • 7:10 -- $10 ($171)

  • 7:10 -- $10 ($181)

  • 7:11 -- $50 ($231)

  • 7:12 -- $5 ($236)

  • 7:13 -- $10 ($246)

  • 7:14 -- $20 ($266)

  • 7:14 -- $5 ($271)

  • 7:15 -- $15 ($286)

  • 7:16 -- $100 ($386)

  • 7:17 -- $15 ($401)

  • 7:18 -- $15 ($416)

  • 7:19 -- $10 ($431)

  • 7:20 -- $5 ($436)

  • 7:21 -- $15 ($451)

  • 7:22 -- $5 ($456)

  • 7:23 -- $1 ($457)

  • 7:23 -- $5 ($462)

  • 7:24 -- $5 ($467)

  • 7:26 -- $25 ($492)

  • 7:27 -- $100 ($592)

  • 7:28 -- $15 ($607)

  • 7:31 -- $15 ($622)

  • 7:32 -- $15 ($637)

  • 7:33 -- $10 ($647)

  • 7:34 -- $10 ($657)

  • 7:35 -- $5 ($662)

  • 7:36 -- $15 ($677)

  • 7:37 -- $10 ($687)

  • 7:38 -- $10 ($697)

  • 7:40 -- $10 ($707)

  • 7:40 -- $15 ($722)

  • 7:41 -- $100 ($822)

  • 7:42 -- $20 ($842)

  • 7:43 -- $20 ($862)

  • 7:45 -- $15 ($877)

  • 7:46 -- $20 ($897)

  • 7:48 -- $15 ($912)

  • 7:50 -- $10 ($922)

  • 7:51 -- $15 ($937)

  • 7:53 -- $25 ($962)

  • 7:55 -- $25 ($987)

  • 7:55 -- $10 ($997)

  • 7:56 -- $5 ($1002)

  • 7:57 -- $5 ($1007)

  • 7:58 -- $10 ($1017)

  • 7:59 -- $25 ($1042)

When you average out the $1000 Simoleons an hour that your dog pulls down in income and compare that to the pittance that your Sim earns for an 8-hour workday, you have to start wondering where to focus your time and attention, right?

But then you factor in the 2 Life Points per hour, which is what the Pet averages, that boosts the attractiveness immensely... The thing is of course you earn no XP for this, so really it should be viewed as a side-activity that happens to be profitable and beneficial rather than a primary activity because FreePlay revolves around XP.

You can tell by the sound what your dog has found when digging -- a cash register sound is money, a high-note ding is Life Points, and a regular ding is XP.

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Jan 20th 2016 nevaeh Roberts
How can I get a pet? Do u have to be at a certain level or something???
ID #633487
Sep 15th 2015 Guest
I can't access the store from my country... I need help.
ID #608565
Aug 29th 2015 Guest
My Sims aren't getting any money from work ,nor planting . Plz help .what should I do
ID #603466
Aug 14th 2015 Guest
I am not getting money or xp from my stadium. What's up?
ID #598069
Jul 21st 2015 Guest
Guys can u just stop asking for cheats? Ea constantly monitors the forum, so you lose the cheats as fast as you discover them. Plus, this game isn't for lazy people who just want to work of others discoveries. If you want a ton of simolions and lps go buy them or earn them the regular way! I'm sick of looking up tips and finding a million people asking for cheats.
ID #587348
May 26th 2015 Guest
Before you continue make sure your sims are all inspired.
Potatoes-I have 9 sims(ones a baby) with 8 sims planting potatoes whilst inspired gets you 3,584 in two hours. If you repeat this procedure 3 times (6 hours) then you will receive 10,752 in 6 hours.
To me this is very helpful.
Hope this tip helped all of you guys! Good luck!
ID #561537
May 15th 2015 Guest
Shame there is no freeplay version of "rosebudklapaucious" from back in the P.C days on The Sims.....mind u I wish there WAS a P.C version of The Sims:Freeplay
ID #556499
Apr 13th 2015 Guest
Always take a deep breath, and plan. Who can you send to work or to plant something? When buying something, always ave at least 1000 more than the cost, to keep a steady balance. Sometimes, you can just make them do things that take a while, and then just walk away for that time, like reading or playing a game. Spend the stuff you have wisely.
ID #542326
Apr 3rd 2015 Guest
i need to build the castle but and its 200,000 and i only have 157,837 plz plz help me
ID #537027
Mar 26th 2015 Guest
Do a god freakin damn cheat that actually works not like how to make sims puke cause no 1 wants dat we want easy cheats for hundreds of thousands of dollars and ea put down prices of buildings like stables,they're 100,000 dollars come on you are idiotic [img][/img]
ID #533214
Mar 21st 2015 Guest
Does anybody know how to fix my semioline growing plant it is not listed when it press the gardening patch
ID #531284
Mar 14th 2015 Guest
Help. Am at level 13 and I have a loctus plant of lp but I don't know how to use the cheat for it (if there's I need 200 hundred thousand to build the mall and pet store the plant say 0.79
ID #528507
Mar 14th 2015 Guest
Help. Am at level 13 and I have a loctus plant of lp but I don't know how to use the cheat for it (if there's I need 200 hundred thousand to build the mall and pet store
ID #528506
Mar 9th 2015 Guest
I want real cheats I only have 523 dollers 😞 please I need money
ID #526601
Mar 4th 2015 Guest
In sims free play if you buy something with your sp and then sell it do you get them back
ID #524240
Aug 4th 2015 Guest
ID #593746
Mar 4th 2015 Guest
Fantastic details. Thank you. A few days into playing freeplay I purchased the currency bundle which gave me hundreds of thousands of simonleons and great deal of LPs. I've been able to easily maintain my $$ by doing much of what you've explained here, and that's with doing A LOT of purchasing & building. And I will certainly be taking your advice on planting & baking more often. Of course I burned through the LPs pretty quickly, but that's due to my lack of self control. Lol Thanks for all the tips!
ID #524217
Feb 4th 2015 Guest
Make it easier plz [b][/b]
ID #511642
Jan 13th 2015 Guest
Yeah it didn't help me
ID #501222
Jan 7th 2015 Guest
I have a problem I don't have money how I want to get money
ID #497513
Dec 30th 2014 Guest
Does the lp gardening cheat work anymore
ID #492696
Dec 14th 2014 Guest
I planted strawberries and was supposed to get more than 2 thousand coins and I did not get them I am really mad. Please email me at [email protected]
ID #484821
Dec 6th 2014 Guest
Please help me get LP And money Cheats and stuff . can it be on Nokia Lumia
ID #480996
Sep 27th 2014 Guest
There is a cheat - I have about 500 LP from it and over 100k (could've gotten more but I was too tired to do it)

LP cheat is now disabled. They used to give you LP when your town reaches a certain value... so I would get really close (say 1000), get to about 950. Buy a light for 250. They give you LP, then sell lamp, exit game, rebuy new lamp, pass the 1000 threshold and they give you LP again.. rinse and repeat. I believe this cheat has been disabled though.

For money... Set your clock back about 3 years...
you can plant the a high revenue plant, then close game (fully close it), set your clock forward by 24 hours, all the plants will be ready. Reap rewards then plant again, set forward your clock, and reap. Rinse and repeat.
ID #452444
Sep 14th 2014 Guest
When will you all get it. There are no cheats none, zero, zilch for sims freeplay. Just hard work if you want to progress, there are occasionally. Some glitches but you have to be lucky to get them. And EA will soon work out what they are and fix them. End of story.

ID #447577
Aug 28th 2014 Guest
Ok i have a problem... Right now I'm still waiting for the baby to come but still have to wait 22h or something. AND the mission finishes in like 2mins.... And I only have ONE LP so I can't use that to finish faster.... I would need 22LP and FAST.... How do I do that??????
ID #441650
Aug 14th 2014 Guest
Just wondering, I'm on sims freeplay Toddlers, (just got the game) and to build the pet store is 100,000 dollars! 😑 I want to get the dressing up chest for toddlers but only have about 10,000! 😭can someone help me and fast only have 3 days left!!!! Thanks!~chicken girl (p.s.) If you want money quick use the time cheat. First plant beans or whatever. Then click the home button once, go into settings click general turn off set auto, put whatever time, then quickly turn off set airplane double click home button and go to sims freeplay and collect your money without using lp. Hope it helps!
ID #436497
Aug 14th 2014 Guest
Just wondering, I'm on sims freeplay Toddlers, (just got the game) and to build the pet store is 100,000 dollars! 😑 I want to get the dressing up chest for toddlers but only have about 10,000! 😭can someone help me and fast only have 3 days left!!!! Thanks!~chicken girl πŸ”
ID #436494
Aug 1st 2014 Guest
How too grow a opinion? Help tell me
ID #429074
Jul 19th 2014 Guest
How bob was this
ID #421480
Jul 17th 2014 Guest
For the watermelon question, the total profit adds all four melons together. This means it seems like you aren't getting full price for the melons but each one separately costs less and all four together is the number on the profits. And per hour the bell peppers are most profitable however you don't really get to take a break. Dogs are useful to have while gardening obviously as they bring I'm extra income.
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