SimCity BuildIt: Money Cheats Guide

SimCity BuildIt: Money Cheats Guide

Money Guide

Hey everyone! Today we are bringing you a SimCity Buildit Money Guide to all things § Simoleons. Read up on some excellent methods we’ve found that can help boost your city’s vault!

All Mayors need valuable simoleons to expand and build out their cities. We’re constantly finding new ways to make coin and will post new and updated methods here.

Please read the following snippet before proceeding

Important Reference Information
Sim's coin popup bubble Sims will offer to buy goods randomly in the form of a floating golden coin bubble that appear around your city
Daniel's auto-buy feature Daniel (the computer Sim who owns the neighboring city) purchases unsold goods at your Trade depot every (around) 3 days
– He will buy these items regardless of price so ALWAYS max out the price of items

Bulldoze Method

This tip comes from /r/scbuildit user Aisthetiks and their original post here.

You take advantage of an exploit (I would call it one, some many would not) in upgrading homes. This works at any level


  • Must complete the tutorial


  1. Place your residential zones
  2. When it comes time to upgrade, collect the required materials
  3. Upgrade residential zones 2-3 times
  4. Bulldoze these zones once the material requirements surpass your production ability
  5. Repeat the process at Step 1.

Other conditions:

  • Only have at between 2 and 4 residential zones.
  • Upgrade these residential zones using only the basic resources produced (Metal, Nails, Wood, Seeds)
    • Only upgrade a zone 2-3 times (or before you start getting higher resource requests)
      • You will receive about §700 for each upgrade from the basic resources
    • BULLDOZE these plots and repeat the process.
  • You will NOT be able to build buildings that require a certain population level (ex. power, factories)
    • Be sure you have all the buildings you need before you start bulldozing zones!!!!
This is a great way to level up your city since you gain XP for each house upgraded.
This method works with Vu's Disasters (once unlocked), meaning you can ALSO get golden keys fast and by using only basic resources. This is very effective!
Vu's Disaster HQ allows you to launch disasters (meteor strike, earthquake, etc) on your city, destroying around 4-6 residential zones in the process. You can 'rebuild' these homes (similar to upgrading or constructing) to their pre-disaster level and earn 1-2 keys per home rebuilt

According to OP, this method has earned them around §500,000 simoleons. Other commentator’s on the thread seem to confirm this as a viable money making trick (albeit taking advantage of a ‘loop hole’). For now, take advantage of this and earn yourself some cold hard coin!

Edit: Can confirm this WORKS!

Edit 2: A Simple change MORE THAN DOUBLES the §/Hour

Post by Seyeght here

  1. Destroy all buildings
  2. Build 2 new residential plots. (Both will require 1 Nails to upgrade)
  3. Upgrade one plot and ignore the other. –Always have this 1 plot unbuilt, asking for 1 nails, I placed mine off screen so that I wouldn’t confuse them.–
  4. While house is building, enter the Residential Planning screen.
  5. Place a new plot, and stay in the Residential Planning screen.
  6. When house is finished, and fireworks go off, bulldoze the newly built house.
  7. This will force you to exit the Residential Planning screen, and load the requirements for the plot that we placed in step 5. (1 Steel)
  8. Upgrade the new plot to a house. —Go back to step 4 to continue the cycle.—

I have been able to do one cycle every 10 seconds, as long as I didn’t have to stop to make additional Steel. That is roughly $4,000/min once you get the pattern down.

If you want to stop ‘grinding’ for a little while, just stop at step 7. Build/Buy more steel, and never have to worry about building more than 1 Nails.

Here is the updated Method in action.

Donut / Nail Methods

Donut Method

This method comes user My-Internet-Sucks and his original post here.


  • Must be able to create donuts (Have purchased the Donut Shop)
  • Ample storage capacity at your Trade Depot
  • Plenty of trade spots at your Trade Depot
    • Additional slots can be purchased for $10 simbucks


  1. Create Donuts
    1. Create Flour – requires 2 seed and 2 textiles
    2. Create Donuts – requires 1 flour bag and 1 sugar & spices
  2. Two paths you can take:
    • Sell donuts to the popup coin bubble
      • See requirements above
    • Sell donuts on the Global Trade HQ and take advantage of Daniel’s auto-buy
      • See requirements above

Taking 45 minutes to make and selling for §950 each (a full stack of 10 sells for §9,500) it’s not too much of a bad choice (Potentially able to produce 32 donuts a day, with each one of those selling at §950 is §30,400 per day).

Donut Method
Donut Method
Nail Method

User PyslentStorm has noted in their post here that using nails instead of donuts provides more income, as nails require only metal to make and can be produced very quickly.

Create nails instead of donuts to follow this method.

Comparing Methods

Breakdown of Methods

Name Production Time Price per Unit Price per Stack § Per Minute
Donuts 285 950 9500 3.3
Nails 6 80 800 13.33
Balance both. Focus nails when you have the time to sit and play and are able to constantly produce and sell on the market. Focus donuts when you don't have the time.
I would advise using the donut method at night and running passively throughout the day, and use nails more actively.


This is a pretty simple method if you have time to browse the global trade market.


  • Unlocked the Trade Depot & Global Trade HQ
  • Ample storage capacity at your Trade Depot
  • Plenty of trade spots at your Trade Depot
    • Additional slots can be purchased for $10 simbucks
  • Around §10,000-§20,000 or so simoleons
    • You can do this with any amount of money, but if there are good deals that have a high stack price, having more § upfront can help you snap up those deals.


  1. Go to the Global Trade HQ and browse for items that are currently for sale below their max price
    • See the list of items and their min/max auction price here (coming soon!)
  2. Buy these low price items (the lower the better!)
  3. Repost these items at your Trade Depot and price them at their maximum.

Items will generally sell (requires some luck) and you can turn a tidy profit reselling. As they say, it takes money to make money.

If your items DO NOT sell:

  • Try posting an item for a ridiculously low price
    • One item to entice a buyer to click on your city, and a possible chance for them to buy more of your goods
  • Wait for Daniel to auto-buy unsold items
    • DO NOT pay $ simbucks to remove them