If you are in Spring Year 1
1. Collect EVERYTHING
and I mean EVERYTHING
, including rocks and branches, and sell them.
Bugs are a good choice if you can find the good ones.
2.If you have energy left by the end of the day, go diving. Hopefully, if you are lucky, you can get gold or sea urchin, which sells for 8000g and 400g respectively.
3.Once you have enough money, Plant as many turnips as you can! They grow quite fast, and you can Cook them into turnip salad, without any utensils. And they sell for a higher price, I would recommend cooking everything you can find (if you have the utensils)
4. Get some livestock and poultry once you have the money. Cook their products to earn more money.
5. Finally buy a pot and frying pan, before the end of spring. They are very useful in cooking better recipes in the future and will help you greatly to meet the future and higher quota!
This is the trick I used, but let me tell meeting the quota at the start of the game can be quite challenging but not impossible!!
This is what I did, And before I know I'm meeting all the quotas without even trying!
So don't give up!
Hope this helps