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Smart tips to save you money, and your donuts

Early in the game it was compelling to buy any new content, especially buildings or characters. After all, the more characters you have in your town the faster you can earn money and experience. That’s just science. Unfortunately it’s also economics, and if you continually drop $20 or more every few weeks on premium content you’re going to find that you’ve spent way too much on content you probably won’t get much use out of down the line.

Don’t Buy Premium Decorations

The most these decorations do is offer a small percentage boost to your collection rate, and not a very noticeable one at that. It is true that most of the decorations that cost donuts look a little nicer, but they really aren’t worth the real-world cost. Even if you have disposable income, you’ll dispose of it a bit too quickly if you waste your donuts decorating your town with these items.

Don’t Buy Every Premium Character

Characters in this game are only worth purchasing if they are actually used in quests. Thankfully there are five premium characters you can use in Krustyland. This greatly increases their value, as these characters are actually integrated into the most recent content update. Sure you might get a small quest line if you buy a new character, but all that really does is allow you to try out each one of their tasks. After you finish with that you probably won’t use them much unless you’re grinding for cash and experience points.

Don’t Buy Every Premium Building

Very few premium buildings actually have tasks for characters, and the few that do usually only let one or two of the people in your town make use of it. Most of the time these buildings aren’t worth the purchase price, even if they are bundled together with a premium character. Remember, characters are only as good as the frequency in which they are integrated into the game play. As awesome as the Springfield Community Center is, it’s just another building that you can’t send characters to. It does come bundled with Jasper who is an awesome character, but he hasn’t really be integrated into the game play.

Don’t Buy It Just Because It’s Only Available for a Limited Time

Sometimes there will be items you can only buy for a limited time. Usually the time span for these only last a week or two, but don’t feel pressured into buying something just because you won’t be able to at a later date. Odds are you wouldn’t buy these things if they were always available. Making mediocre items available for a short-time makes them seem more appealing than they really are.

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15 Comments on “Smart tips to save you money, and your donuts”

  1. C nortonhall
    August 28, 2013 at 7:17 am#

    Not sure where to add this so you can move it if you need to…….

    Total amount of donuts needed per update assuming you completed all of the events……

    Original stuff. 1172
    Halloween. 280
    Thanks giving. 60
    Christmas. 480
    Valentine. 90
    Grandpa. 40
    St Patrick 150
    Fruit Batman 90
    Swanky fish. 90
    Whacking day 620
    Moes Limo 40
    Yard sale 300
    Squid port 615
    4th July. 245
    Krusty land 535
    Level 21 305
    Level 23. 120
    Level 25. 170
    Level 26. 60
    Level 27. 120
    Level 28. 245
    Level. 29. 250
    Level 30. 195
    Level 31. 150
    Level 32. 240
    Level 33. 205

    Total amount of donuts is 6867.
    costing about $275 assuming you bought the cheaper boat loads of donuts…..lol that’s a lot of dough !!

  2. Chaffro
    August 23, 2013 at 1:37 am#

    I’d suggest as well that you always try and have every premium item you own out, and not stored in Inventory. So anything you may win through a Mystery Box (white picket fences, bench with towel, etc), you put out or replace something with. That way, it’ll all contribute to you taking higher rates of money and XP.

  3. jacob
    August 21, 2013 at 2:10 pm#

    I actually would argue that, after you’ve reached a certain point in the game, it’s actually more beneficial to spend donuts on decorations that increase percentage, rather than premium buildings or characters.

    Between characters and buildings its easy. Most premium characters earn 1000/day for a 24hr task, whereas buildings earn around 300-500 per day. However, if your town earns enough cash in a day, getting a percentage bonus is actually worth more than what a premium character would bring in.

    It takes some math to figure out if it’s worth it. What i did was, save cash fir a week without spending anything, so I know my average earnings per day. Then I determined my current percentage, and from there figured out how much more cash per day a premium item would earn me.

    I recently spent donuts on burns car and the boardwalk fountain, and I noticed a big increase in my daily earnings.

    • August 21, 2013 at 2:23 pm#

      There is an interesting argument to be made here.

      You may earn more faster, but since so much of this game is based around waiting, is it worth it in the long-term?

      • August 22, 2013 at 7:27 am#

        Agreed. I’d never use donuts to rush tasks or anything. I was just making a case that it is sometimes beneficial to spend donuts towards percentage increasing decorations, in lieu of spending them on premium characters or buildings. But of course it depends on how much your town can earn in a day, whether a $1000 increase per day (say for a premium character that cost 60 donuts) is worth more or less than a 2.5% increase per day (say for purchasing the hot tub, which is also 60 donuts).

        To each their own. Half the time I spend donuts on things I like from the show, or from memorable episodes, rather than what provides the biggest return. Whatever bonus it gives you, you might as well enjoy it.

    • Chaffro
      August 21, 2013 at 4:29 pm#

      The easiest way to work out your bonus is by using the rent of the Gulp ‘N’ Blow. It generates exactly $100 every 4 hours, so make a note of your $ total before you take its rent, take the rent and work out the difference. If you’ve just taken $150 in rent from it, your multiplier is 50%. All of the premium items that give bonuses go towards that.

      • August 22, 2013 at 12:09 pm#

        Oh that’s smart! Good idea. I always picked a random 24 hour task from someone, but had to crack out the calculator cause it was 600 as the regular cash earning, and not a nice round number. Very smrt.

      • Pete M
        August 24, 2013 at 1:26 am#

        You can get another decimal of precision on your multiplier by setting a premium character to a 24 hr job, $1,000.Then just see how much you truly get fromit

  4. August 21, 2013 at 1:58 pm#

    Great post. For once not persuading players to become completists. The likes or sprawl mart and other useless buildings or decorations can definitely be omitted without taking anything away from the game.

    • August 21, 2013 at 2:08 pm#

      Thanks. I figure I could condense some of those “Should I Buy…” posts into something a little easier to digest. Tomorrow or sometime soon I’ll work on a post focusing on the things you should actually consider buying.

      • quiksilver2814
        August 21, 2013 at 2:21 pm#

        Cool! I’ve been looking for a post like that!

      • McBangle
        August 24, 2013 at 5:46 am#

        I’d love that!I’m a mostly freemium player, but every now and then I get an iTunes gift card for a birthday or Xmas present.It’s hard to know which purchases to prioritize when you’re only an occasional buyer with limited resources.

  5. August 21, 2013 at 1:26 pm#

    Best tip I have for not overspending doughnuts, is to turn on spending confirmation in the settings to prevent accidental spending. Before someone pointed that setting out to me, I constantly would accidentally tap to fast, and end up rushing a task, or something like that.

    • August 21, 2013 at 2:06 pm#

      Good tip. That is getting its own post. Thanks for the idea.


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