Paying bills is one of the best things one can do in real life, so why not double up on that fun and do the same thing in The Sims 4? Well, much like in real life, you might not know exactly how to pay them but don’t worry. We’ve got you covered. Here’s how to pay the bills in The Sims 4.
Here’s How to Pay Bills in The Sims 4
In previous iterations of The Sims, there was only one way to cover the bills and that was the good old-fashioned mailbox method. That method, which we’ll discuss below, still remains in The Sims 4, but because this game is more current than previous iterations, you can also pay them the 21st Century way via phone or a computer. Let’s talk about how to cover the bills using those methods.
How to Pay Bills Using the Mailbox
In The Sims 4, both adults and children can go to the mailbox in front of your house and grab the bills within it. They arrive once a week and dictate your electricity, water and more.
While both adults and children can grab them, only adults can pay them. To pay the bills, simply select them or direct your Sim to do so.
When you do that, you’ll see the grand total and you’ll have the option to pay them. Hopefully, you have enough to cover them otherwise some of your utilities could be shut off. We’ll talk about what happens when you don’t later.
How to Pay Bills Using a Phone or Computer
To pay your bills using your phone or computer, get to the device’s main screen. You should spot an option to pay bills with a total of the bills in parenthesis.
Select that option and assuming you have enough Simoleons in your bank account, you’ll be set. Let’s talk about what happens if you don’t have enough.
What Happens If You Don’t Pay the Bills
If you don’t pay your bills, after 48 hours, your electricity will be shut off. If you fail to pay them still, after another 48 hours, the water will be shut off.
It’s important to note that when these utilities are shut off, the extent of their shut off is extended to your restaurants and businesses too. If you live in an apartment, the landlord could refuse to repair things in your living space. However, unlike in previous games, there is no repo man that will come and take your stuff to make up for the lack of payment.
Rent & Student Loans in The Sims 4: City Living & Discover University
With the release of these expansion packs, you’ll need to pay rent and student loans respectively.
When it comes to rent, if your Sims are living in apartments and penthouses, they’ll need to pay rent. This is included in your normal bill, though so don’t worry about checking your mailbox twice.
If you’ve got a Sim studying for a degree at University, they’ll need to pay student loans. If these aren’t paid off in time, a repo-man will collect random items from your home of a similar value to the loans outstanding.
That’s it for our guide on how to pay bills in The Sims 4.
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