Since Rockstar’s dropping a massive $500,000 stimulus package on the Online City of Los Santos, a post on making money in GTA Online has fallen on my need to publish priorities list. It did, however, come to my attention that I’ve yet to put together a piece stating how to make mullah in the offline version of the game along with a list of GTA 5 cheats. Admittedly, I should have done this weeks ago, as I was actually trying to figure these things out myself. Alas, I did not, but am doing so now, so please excuse the omission of the past and take note that today, I make up for my oversight.

1. Save

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Yeah. That’s right. I listed it. It’s true. You want to make some money in GTA, the very first thing you’re going to have to do is prevent yourself from spending your hard earned/stolen money needlessly. Sure, you’re going to need weapons to be able to succeed in the game, but you won’t need half of the weapons available to you at Ammu-nation . Stick to one of each type and move on. Same thing goes for clothing and hair styles. Agreed, customizing the characters to fit your internal stereotype of them is great fun, but thus far, I see no benefit to having several unused outfits sitting in a closet. If you’re reading this guide for the purpose of being able to afford more clothing for your characters, I think you may be missing the overall point of this game.

2. Invest

Just like the real world, those worth the most, have a large portion of their funds diversely invested in the market. If you hope to attain any acclaimed level of control over the city of Los Santos, you’ve got to entrust your funds into those that make it run. If you’re looking to make some dough fast, you can always try your hand at day-trading, just remember that short term investments are far more risky. There’s also the option of making money with the Time Traveler method, which is done by taking note of the stock prices (by either taking a photo of the screen with your phone or using a pen and paper), saving your game and then letting between 4 to 8 hours of game time go by. Check the stock prices again and write down the companies whose stock prices have risen. Go back in time by reloading your save game and invest as much as you can into the companies that you know will earn in the next 4 to 8 hours. Voila! Fast and easy money!

3. Assassinations

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Disclaimer: To make the most money possible from Assassinations, execute the first and ignore the rest until after you’ve completed story mode.
As part of the storyline, Lester Crest offers Franklin the opportunity to perform assassinations for a moderately hefty compensation. Making money this way is rather straight forward. Take job, kill target, make money. Not much explanation needed, however there is a way to further maximize your hit man moonlighting profits. Each target’s death will drastically affect the market and buying and selling at the right times has the potential to make your characters overnight billionaires if accomplished properly.

4. Stop Dying

Dying costs money. Every time you die in GTA 5, the hospital has to re-clone your body, dress it in new versions of the clothes you were wearing at the time of death and transfer all memories from the corpse to your new body. This stuff, while far less expensive than it would be in the real world, isn’t cheap. Thusly, if you want to make more money, stop dying.

5. Rob Stores

Common criminality at its best. If you find yourself just a few hundred short of being able to make a purchase, easily solve your shortage by heading to the local convenience store with a weapon drawn. Point your crosshair at the clerk and wait for them to empty the register. If there are multiple registers, shoot the others open once the clerk has finished emptying theirs and run. Small type robberies like this will still result with the police being called, so be prepared to run and lose the cops once you’ve got the cash in hand.

6. Walk with Chop

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Chop, Lamar and then Franklin’s dog is one loyal, horny and sadistic pooch. Not only is he good for attacking anyone you point your cross hair at and sending you annoying notifications about his hunger in the iFruit app, but Chop is also useful for sniffing out treasure and other collectibles. When not on a mission, head to Franklin’s backyard and take a stroll around town. If you do this for 10 minutes without him finding anything I’ll… keep living my life as though I never said this.



7. Heists

Heists are part of the storyline, but also provide a big payout depending on how well they’ve been executed. There are varying opinions on how to best choose your team during heists. Some say that it’s best to pay for the best as using them tends to bring in the largest purse. Others say it’s wiser to pay for the least experienced criminals because they take a smaller cut and their skills improve with each heist. I select each criminal almost at random so I’ve got nothing for you. Take a chance, try them all. Remember, you can always reload if you fail.

8. Rob People at ATM’s

More common criminality. Although, is this really common? The only firsthand knowledge I have of someone being robbed at an ATM was the Fresh Prince. Either way, NPC’s are suckers and exist solely to be taken advantage of. Does Los Santos have an FDIC? Who cares, stand near an ATM and wait for a sucker. Take the soon to be broke individual out with a bare handed pummeling and flee as quickly as possible. Repeat as necessary.

9. Buy Property

Potentially more profitable than the stock market (minus the Assassination trading) due to the fact that properties earn a weekly income. Most properties won’t be available to you until later in the game as they cost a pretty penny, the cheapest of which is The Hen House ($80,000). Certainly, investing in property takes a while to see any ROI, but one of the best ways to clean stolen money is through small businesses so take advantage of what’s available to you. Also, if the idea of buying property somehow makes you feel like some sort of sell-out businessman, remember the words of George Bernard Shaw, “Property is organized robbery”.

10. Rob Armored Trucks

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I’m almost ashamed to admit it how big of a smile I had on my face after successfully robbing one of Gruppe 6’s armored trucks for the first time. Each one carries about $5,000 and only require a dead driver and some exploded doors. Nabbing the funds from these guys prompt a serious response from the fuzz, so be prepared. The most successful robbery are the ones with no witnesses.

11. Force Market Shifts

Taking after the real world, there are certain… loopholes available to you in the Los Santos stock market that will help inflate your portfolio. Much like the method of investing in companies most affected by your assassination missions, you can influence the market through other violent actions. Say you’ve put some money into a particular car manufacturer, help boost their stock prices by rampaging against every model of the competition you see on the streets. The citizens will notice that certain vehicles are being targeted and will begin to purchase the save vehicles, raising their stock. Once the stock’s up, sell what you have and switch your support. It’s almost sad how easy this is.


12. Cheat

If any of the 11 methods above just seem like too much to handle, there’s always the sooper-dooper-imalazyass-whybother method of making cash fast. Cheat! No, I have not found a new sequence of button pressing that rewards you with $50,000, but between spawning cars, lowering wanted levels, invincibility and any of the many bug exploits available to you, I’m sure you can figure out something.

Have you got any methods of making money in Los Santos? Are they more fun, more challenging or (please) easier to accomplish than anything I’ve listed above? If so, don’t me like me and keep them to yourself for almost a month, post them below and let the world take advantage of your knowledge. Here’s some encouragement, I thank you in advance. Trust that my last comment means a lot coming from me. I don’t thank anyone. Not unless they, you know, do something helpful like open a door, or say bless you… Hand me a pencil or a pen… actually, it means nothing, just be a nice person and post what you’ve found.

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Christen Costa

Grew up back East, got sick of the cold and headed West. Since I was small I have been pushing buttons - both electronic and human. With an insatiable need for tech I thought "why not start a blog focusing on technology, and use my dislikes and likes to post on gadgets."

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  1. I mean they have the Merryweather, and their rivals are gruppesech, so what if you destroy the Merryweather base? Then invest in gruppesech? Could that work? Offline speak

  2. Do the assassination missions after you beat the game, invest ALL your money, but save it before you do in case something goes wrong, when I first started I used all of Michael’s 8k into one stock, for some reason, after I bought stock, it said he didn’t have any stock, just be careful with it, 25 mil is too much to risk.

  3. 1) Buy the car scrapyard on your favourite character.
    2) Activate cheats invincibility and exploding bullets (super jump and fast run are recommended so you can get a good vantage point where police cant kill you).
    3) Find loads of cars in one place and start shooting or use the raise wanted level cheat.
    4) Shoot all the police cars that come and take down the helicopters.
    5) If it gets too much use the lower wanted level cheat.

    Activating cheats disables trophies/achievments (so dont do anything worth an achievment/trophies while using this method).
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    xbox 360 / xbox one – Y, left, right, right, LT, LB, X
    PS3 / PS4 – triangle, left, right, right, L2, L1, square
    SUPER RUN:
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    PS3 / PS4 – left, left, triangle, triangle, right, right, left, right, square, R1, R2
    INVINCIBILITY:
    xbox 360 / xbox one – right, A, right, left, right, RB, right, left, A, Y
    PS3 / PS4 – right, X, right, left, right, R1, right, left, X, triangle
    RAISE WANTED LEVEL:
    xbox 360 / xbox one – RB, RB, B, RT, left, right, left, right, left, right
    PS3 / PS4 – R1, R1, O, R2, left, right, left, right, left, right
    LOWER WANTED LEVEL:
    xbox 360 / xbox one – RB, RB, B, RT, right, left, right, left, right, left
    PS3 / PS4 – R1, R1, O, R2, right, left, right, left, right, left

  4. Go to any money package in the ocean, the 25,000 on the submarine is the best one. Swim out there. Take the package. Once you resurface. Do a quick save while your still in the water above the package. Reload the game and the package is there again. I made half a million in ten mins. Trevor never looked so nice with all his new clothing, weapons and beefed up truck.

    1. This most certainly is a good one and one I can testify completing myself. However, the reloading part can be fairly frustrating.

      1. dont quick save I just switched to another character then back (e.g use franklin stay near where the package was switch to micheal then switch back

        1. Yes definitely just switch charcters then back again. Worked for me every time. This is only on un patched version though

  5. keep playing missions until u get 2 the one where you blow off the guys head from life invader. the stocks will go all the way down and slowly start to rise, so invest in live invader

  6. Offline you can also stand in the door of a barber or gun store and aim your gun at the cashier they will either run or pull out a gun kill them and shoot the registers

    1. after you do that run outside the store to the middle of the street and turn around and the money bags will be there again made a 30 k as franklin in about 20 min

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  8. You can earn money from taxi jobs too (offline). Once in a while the customer will try to run away, just point a gun at them or run them over. Available with ALL characters. Just steal a cab and get to work!

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  14. Look for Rancho/Little Bighorn Ave. Its to the left of an Ammu-Nation with range and to the left of some road that looks like an oval with a bit missing on the left side. Above that oval and to the left a bit there are two roads that meet on Caron Ave. There will be a random event, dude got his bike stolen. Ram the thief and return the bike. Then spend about an hour or maybe two going around doing whatever. In the game about two days might pass. You’ll get an email from Gray Nicholson, you got $100,000. There’s a video on youtube, it just worked for me so TRY IT.

    1. I had this as a random event when I was playing as Mike. There is also a guy who has had his car breakdown on the way to the airport. He gives you a trading tip after you drop him off. I invested 200k and made 70k profit after a few hours (share price started to slip after this time).

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  15. Yeah after the main game is over there are no ways to make big money, so #1 is the best advice, be frugal. I spent way too much fixing up cars. Wait until Franklin can buy los santos customs, and then you can upgrade cars for free.

    1. Buy the dock with the sub (can’t remember the name). Recovering nuclear waste earns you $23,000 per. There are 30 of them. There is also an insurance scam cover up. Don’t know the pay, but the mission starts at the same location via Michael and gets you a fast boat.

      1. Did the nuke waste one, still less than a million total, I don’t want to spoil the insurance scam, but the reward isn’t much. I should have been more clear, there is no way after the main game to make the millions needed to buy the more expensive properties. I’ve done some stock market manipulations, with mixed results.

        1. Hmmm. I’ve been playing it on and off, and after some evaluation, I figured you’d be able to cash in largely by amassing weekly property earnings, such as the Weed spot and the Hen House, Strip Club, etc. But with further thought that would require a fair bit of game play or saves and you still have to manage the properties.

          1. it can be done, but (without cheats) would take many months of gameplay. One hour in GTA V time is two minutes in real life. So one year = 12 days. So if your properties were paying 200k a week, it would take 12 full days of gameplay to earn one million.

          2. Yes. Btw got two good stock plays yesterday which I used across all three characters. Picked up a guy who needed a ride to the airport and received a good stock tip, then got a job dropping banners for a new movie, so I invested in majestic, resulting in a 30% bump.

          3. I got that stock tip too, but couldn’t make anything from it, let alone find the stock name. Hmm…how much did you make?

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