Animal Crossing: New Horizons 2.0 Guide: Tips & tricks to save Bells & time

Animal Crossing New Horizons 2.0 Guide Tips & tricks to save time & Bells

Animal Crossing: New Horizons added many cool new features in the 2.0 update, but it also added several quality-of-life upgrades, so we’ve put together a guide that shows you some of the most useful tips and tricks that will help you save time and Bells. If you’re playing the game for the first time since the update, be sure to check out our guide on unlocking everything new.

You can now store DIY recipes

Animal Crossing New Horizons 2.0 Guide Tips & tricks to save time & Bells

Inventory management means everything in Animal Crossing games. Before the 2.0 update, when players had duplicate DIY recipes, they had to be creative about storing them. Some players had dedicated rooms, such as the basement of their homes, to scatter the countless recipes they were saving for friends. Some players kept dozens of DIY recipes in their inventories, while others had no choice but to sell them off to make space or store them outdoors like savages. Thanks to a small but crucial addition in the 2.0 update, Animal Crossing: New Horizons now allows players to store DIY recipes in their home storage. The ability to store DIY recipes is a much-welcomed addition, especially with the new cooking DIY recipes added in the 2.0 update. Yes, you can finally cook in Animal Crossing.

Home storage in your pocket with the Storage Shed

Storage Shed

Animal Crossing: New Horizons‘ 2.0 update added a new “Storage Shed” item that allows you to access your home storage from anywhere, making it the most useful tip & trick in this guide. That means you can carry around a Storage Shed in your inventory and plop it down anywhere to gain access to your home storage and then put it away when you’re done. Getting in and out of your inventory anywhere on the island certainly saves time so that you don’t have to constantly return to your home whenever you need something.

You can purchase the Storage Shed with Nook Miles at an ABD (Automatic Bell Dispenser) at the Town Hall. Keep reading below to learn how to buy your own ABD so that you can access it from anywhere as well.

Upgrade your home storage to a capacity of 5,000!

Animal Crossing New Horizons 2.0 Guide Tips & tricks to save time & Bells

Another big feature added in the Animal Crossing: New Horizons 2.0 update is the maximum home storage capacity of 5,000. The game originally starts you out with a storage capacity of 80, which could be upgraded up to 1,600. The Winter Update increased the capacity to 2,400 for players who have fully expanded their houses and paid off their loans. Keep in mind that to access the upgrades, you’ll still need to have your house fully upgraded and pay a hefty sum of Bells for each of the three home storage upgrades.

Here are the max capacities for each upgrade in 2.0:

  • 3,200 – Home storage expansion 1
  • 4,000 – Home storage expansion 2
  • 5,000 – Home storage expansion 3

While it might put a dent in your bank, it is totally worth getting, especially with all of the new items that you can get.

Get yourself a portable ABD (Automatic Bell Dispenser)


Nook Miles are precious, and you might want to save them for unlocking new features and upgrades, but if you do spend it on items, the ABD (Automatic Bell Dispenser) is certainly one of the better choices. The ABD is essentially an ATM in Animal Crossing. In New Horizons, you can use it from the Nook Stop machine to deposit or withdraw Bells, redeem Nook Miles, or go Nook Shopping. Previously, players had no choice but to use the Nook Stop at Town Hall to use the ABD services. One of the coolest little tricks from the Animal Crossing: New Horizons 2.0 update is being able to store your own ABD in your inventory to use it whenever you need it. Much like the Storage Shed trick for your inventory, simply plop down the ABD whenever you need it and put it back in your inventory when you’re done.

To purchase your own ABD, go to the Nook Stop machine at the Resident Services Building, and it’ll be available to purchase for 9,900 Nook Miles. However, keep in mind that you’ll need to have your house fully constructed before being able to purchase the ABD. Once you make your purchase, the ABD will arrive in your mailbox the following day, and you can say goodbye to constant visits to Town Hall and hello to easy access to your bank.

Permanent Ladders and Vines

Animal Crossing New Horizons 2.0 Guide Tips & tricks to save time & Bells

This last one falls under the category of saving you time when it comes to getting around. Before the Animal Crossing: New Horizons 2.0 update, players needed to carry around the ladder navigation tool to scale cliffs directly from their inventory or Tool Ring. Permanent Ladders allow you to set up ladders on any cliff. Alternatively, players can also use Vines and put them against cliffs for the same purpose. Permanent Ladders and Vines both do the same thing, so it’s mostly just a matter of aesthetics on which ones would better suit your island.

Animal Crossing New Horizons 2.0 Guide Vines and Ladders

To get a Permanent Ladder, you’ll need to head over to Nook’s Cranny and purchase the Ladder Set-Up Kit Recipe for 2,000 Bells. It requires 1 Ladder and five pieces of wood to make it. The item is called the “Ladder Set-Up Kit,” and you can install it on any cliff to be able to climb up and down without having to open your inventory or Tool Ring. You can also find Vines on certain islands via a Kapp’n boat tour if you want to save some Bells. Vines essentially do the same thing as Ladders, but you can also use them as a material to craft various items.

If you found our Animal Crossing: New Horizons 2.0 tips & tricks guide informative, be sure to check our guide on unlocking everything new from the update below: