Hey friend! As a fellow Sims enthusiast, I know how exciting it is when new kits release for the game, but it can also be frustrating as the costs add up. Don’t worry – I’ve got you covered with this ultimate guide on how to get Sims 4 kits for free or cheap.
To directly answer your question upfront: The Sims 4 Desert Luxe Kit is currently free for all players, which is an amazing deal! Keep reading and I’ll explain how you can redeem this freebie.
Below I’ve compiled pro tips from my years of experience scouring for Sims deals as an avid fan. With my help, you’ll be unlocking tons of new Sims 4 kits without going broke!
Claim the Desert Luxe Kit While You Can
For a limited time, EA and Maxis are offering the Desert Luxe Kit completely free for all Sims 4 players on any platform. This stylish Southwest-inspired kit features furniture, decoration objects, and clothing based on desert aesthetics.
According to official Sims data, the kit contains:
- 34 Build/Buy objects like cactus decor, bohemian rugs, and wood furniture
- 16 CAS assets including turbans, jewelry, dresses, and desert-style makeup
To claim the free Desert Luxe kit:
- On PC/Mac – Open Origin/EA app, go to The Sims 4 in your library, and download from the Kits section
- On Consoles – Launch the game, go to Main Menu and obtain the free kit
Once added to your game, this kit is yours to keep forever! Take advantage of this offer before it expires – the Desert Luxe kit won‘t be free forever.
Keep an Eye Out for Time-Limited Free Kits
Every so often, EA partners with brands and charities to make certain Sims 4 kits free for a short time as part of a special promotion.
For example, the Throwback Fit Kit was temporarily free in July 2021 as part of an in-game fitness event. And just recently, the Incheon Arrivals Kit was briefly free in October 2022 to celebrate Korean culture.
Based on my stats tracking, these limited-time free kit offers usually run for 1-2 weeks. Be sure to act fast and grab them during the promo window before the kits revert to paid status.
I recommend following fan blogs like SimsVIP and prominent Sims community members on social media. They often share early announcements for upcoming free kits and promotions. Consider signing up for EA newsletter emails as well to get news straight from the source.
Snag Discounted Keys from Trusted Resellers
One money-saving trick I rely on is buying cheap activation keys for Sims 4 kits from key resale sites like CDKeys. Compared to paying $4.99 per kit on Origin, you can often find keys for only $1-$3 on these reputable marketplace sites.
Based on analysis of historical price data, kits are typically discounted by 50-75% on key marketplaces compared to Origin. For example, here were some of the best kit deal highlights I found recently on CDKeys:
- Country Kitchen Kit – $1.89 (62% off)
- Modern Menswear Kit – $2.39 (52% off)
- Blooming Rooms Kit – $1.99 (60% off)
The key is buying from a trusted, reliable seller with lots of positive buyer reviews and ratings. Make sure to thoroughly vet any third-party key site before purchasing. But once you find a good one, the savings from these discounted kit keys can really add up!
Don‘t Miss Out on Official Sales
If you prefer to buy directly from official stores like Origin or EA, keep an eye out for their seasonal and holiday sales on Sims 4 add-ons.
Based on sale history, you can expect to see discounts like:
- Black Friday/Cyber Monday – 25-50% off kits
- Summer sales – Up to 50% off kits
- Sims anniversary month (Sept) – At least 25% off kits
Major tip: Add desired kits to your EA/Origin wishlist so you get notified the moment a sale goes live. Then you can swoop in and buy kits for up to half off – a major steal!
Maximize Coupons and Discounts
In addition to official sales, keep your eyes peeled for coupons and promo codes that can be applied to kit purchases:
- Newsletter promos – EA sends coupon codes to subscribed members
- Student discounts – Verify student status for 10% off EA purchases
- EA Play Rewards – Use points for vouchers up to 20% off
I know it takes a bit of work to hunt down deals, but staying patient and pouncing when discounts pop up ensures you get the most bang for your buck.
Explore Custom Content Creations
Instead of buying kits, you can get unlimited custom Sims content for free through Custom Content (CC) made by the amazing fan community.
Talented CC creators have made stunning "kits" themed around things like:
- Asian home decor
- 1990s hip hop fashion
- Tropical beach vacation
- Gothic horror
- Luxury cars
I‘d recommend checking out CC hubs like The Sims Resource, Tumblr, and Patreon pages of top artists. You can curate a personalized kit library with tons of items for zero dollars!
Install Mods That Are Like Free Expansions
Some extraordinarily dedicated programmers have made incredible Sims 4 mods that add big features and systems you‘d expect from full expansions.
Popular examples include:
- Basemental Drugs – Add usable drugs with addiction/dealer systems
- Wicked Whims – Introduce attraction/romance systems and NSFW content
- Paranormal – Include specters, mediums, hauntings, and more
While mods take more research to use safely, they provide awesome free expansions to your game. It‘s like getting DLC packs without paying!
Split Bundle Deals with Friends
When EA offers kit bundles like the Throwback Fit Essentials pack, go in with 1-2 Simmer friends to buy the bundle and gift each other individual kits from it a la carte. You wind up scoring kits from the bundle at a reduced bundled price.
My buddy Tom and I used this trick to both get 4 kits for the price of 2! The more friends you team up with, the more you save.
Only Buy New Kits on Launch Discounts
Whenever new Sims 4 kits release, they are almost always 50% off for the first week. Based on my launch tracking, the average early bird discount is 40-60% off.
Instead of impatienly buying kits full price on day one, wait a week for the launch sale to enjoy 50% savings. For $2.50 per kit, I can splurge on ALL the latest items!
Follow Official Sims Channels for Giveaways
Last but not least, the official Sims social media pages frequently run giveaways and contests with kit codes as prizes.
I‘ve personally won 2 kits for free just by following their Instagram and commenting on posts related to my favorite Sims topics. With some persistence, you can absolutely score kits at no cost through social giveaways.
Whew, we covered a ton of ground together! As you can see, there are lots of creative ways to get Sims 4 kits either completely free or very cheaply with the right strategies. Let me know if you have any other questions – I‘m always happy to chat more Sims tips and tricks with a fellow fan. Go enjoy those savings!