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There are quite some houses and clothes for sale, but I do not have any money. What is the fastest way to get money in GTA San Andreas?

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Running taxi missions can get you a small nest egg, which you then want to invest in the horse races - the odds of winning are pretty unrealistic. I seem to remember it being the same odds of success regardless of the odds on the horse.

Save your game before you start, and then bet the max you can on the longest-shot horse. If your horse wins, save, if not, reload your old save. In a couple of runs at this you'll have enough cash to clear the rest of the game easily.

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I always just used the casino, never even tried the horse races. EVER. –  Ender May 27 '12 at 18:58
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@Ender, I think the casino's kinda decent too (since again, the odds are nowhere near realistic), but the horse races are crazy. You can end up with millions in a half hour or so. –  agent86 May 27 '12 at 19:01
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I completed the game to 100% and didn't know there were horse races. Where's the bookmakers? –  Colonel Panic Sep 23 '12 at 15:26
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@ColonelPanic, that's probably better as it's own question, since I'm sure others might want to know. Rest assured they do exist, though :) –  agent86 Sep 23 '12 at 16:31

Roboi’s Food Mart Courier Mission is the first thing I do when I start a new game.

It’ll get you around $10,000 each time you do it, and up to $2,000 in passive income once you’ve completed the mission once.

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One pretty easy way is to finish all the challenges in flight school. Once that is done, a Hunter (modeled after the real life Boeing Apache Helicopter) will spawn at your air strip. When you attempt the vigilante missions you'll get $100,000 once you reach level 50 and the amount goes up for every level.

The vigilante missions mainly involves the destruction of three slow moving cars with stupid gangsters inside whilst the helicopter is armed to the teeth with a self-targeting machine gun and two unguided missiles and it is extremely durable.

It is really easy once you get used to the controls and I made $100,000,000 [$100M] in just 40 MINUTES!

Try it and see for yourself.

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Try this cheat code:

HESOYAM

This cheat adds full health and armour, and gives you $250,000!

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Two things I use to make money really quickly (other than what the other answers cover) are:

  • Burglary missions, and
  • Taking Gang Area

Burglary

If you park the van relatively near two houses/ apartment doors, you can alternate between them, as the state of a house is reset when you enter another one.

  • Only steal TVs, as this nets you the most cash per item.
  • Don't bother sneaking. The TV is in front of you and you get 10 seconds to leave once you've woken them up.
  • Jog in, grab TV, leave, drop off TV, go to other door. Rinse and Repeat.

I've gotten upwards of $20k in a 'night' like this

Gang Area

Taking over gang area not only nets you a greater passive 'gang' income (next to your house), but you can pick up the money that the Ballas/Vagos drop when you kill them.

This has the added benefit of upping your skills with guns. In the harder areas (more filled colour) the enemies drop SMGs and AK-47s by the last wave - I'm usually maxed out in at least these two guns (possibly machine pistols as well) by the time I leave for San Fierro.

If you have trouble taking over area, I've got a few tips:

  • Start with the lighter-shaded areas (mostly the industrial areas below Grove Street, but also in the shopping district (away from the residential area) and the beach in the south-west of Los Santos) The enemies will be fewer in number and usually wont get assault weapons (SMG, AK-47) on the third wave.
  • Take enemies from a distance - if a few of them have reached a range from which they can fire at you, you'll die quickly. Try to kite them as much as possible.
  • Enemies spawn behind you - Mostly. They always spawn along the footpaths out of your line of sight (behind the camera)
    • This includes side streets behind you as well.
    • They will also tend to stick to footpaths until they are in range of hitting you - use this as an early warning to back away.
  • Collect what you can at the end of a wave, and face away from where you want them to spawn.
    • For most roads I tend to alternate ends to fight on, this way I can run through all the ammo/money and health/armour pickups whilst the enemies begin to spawn behind me.
  • Complete the Ambulance missions if you feel like you just don't have enough health. It'll take around 30-40 minutes (real-time) but it completely maxes out your health bar, with an added 50% extra. Worth it for most of the game, not just gang area.
    • Try to grab armour pickups as well. you can also up armour to 150% by completing Police missions, but this isn't as useful as the Ambulance missions.
  • Switch to your other weapon, it's faster than reloading. (Thanks Sgt. Foley) The game doesn't keep track of magazine status. If you use a gun down to 1 bullet left, and switch out and back, the magazine is reloaded. Take advantage of this. It is actually faster than reloading.
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The best way is in a place called "Inside Track" - The horseracing establishments. I started with $4000 and after an hour betting I ended with $5,510,028.

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Step 1: Go to Los Santos Tower with a BMX Step 2: Bike into yellow marker at the base Step 3: Bike fast and bunny hop off the tower Step 4: While falling, hold S to do backflips

You will get an insane stunt bonus that pays around $500 each time

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You can kill drug dealers for a quick influx of cash - They drop anything up to $2k. Note however that (despite cleaning up the streets) you actually lose a point in respect for each dealer you kill. This doesn't add up to much, you can kill enemy gang members to make up for it, but just be aware.

The dealers that I know of are:

  • White guys wearing white hoodies (He is mostly found around Grove Street).
  • A Black guy with checked shirts. He is difficult to find though, as he looks very much like civilians.
  • Another Black guy wearing a beanie and black t-shirt.

If you stand near them, they will say something like "What'cha need?", which you can respond positively or negatively. They're usually armed with a pistol, so if you plan on taking them out, do so quickly.

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If you start at the downtown hospital, head right, then turn right at the first road, on your left-hand side you'll find an outdoor "mall" or concourse. In here, you can hide from the police helicopter, and cars cannot get at you. There's also a soda machine that you can use to heal yourself.

Run around in circles here, taking out everyone and all cops; you'll get a pile of handguns, and money from all the citizens wandering around, and if you're careful, you'll never get wasted.

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The fastest way is to steal a tank from the military base play the vigilanty missions. I got half a million in under half an hour doing this. AND I DIDN'T CHEAT.

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I'd recommended Black Jack, it's slow at first because you have to build up your gambling skills in a casino to get to the high end tables however here's what i did

  1. Save in front of the Four Dragons Casino

  2. Go in and find a Black Jack Table with the highest limit with only the dealer (if your desired Table isn't there then reload)

  3. Bet as much money as you can

  4. Win

  5. Leave the Casino and Save

obviously if you loose you reload but you effectively double you money if you don't bet the maximum amount and i'm pretty sure one table you can bet a maximum of 10,000,000 (correct me if i'm wrong, i know there's a 1,000,000 table).

Black Jack is relatively easy to play and you are in a bit more control, more so with the results since what you bet is doubled after 1 win which 1 game can take a couple of minutes.

of cause much like other casino money gathering methods it requires luck and since the method requires a single dealer on the table (no players apart from yourself) you can get in at times, find the table you want and see that there are other players, you can still risk it with them but i choose not to.

the majority of the time spent in this is from saving/loading/looking for a table, i did this on the X-Box and from having no gambling skill took me about 20 minutes to get from ~400,000 to ~4,000,000 (i spent alot on houses and enough ammo to supply the US Military for a few years).

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Just try to win the one million dollar prize on wheel of fortune at the four dragons casino. Hopefully you'll be lucky enough to win!

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