Graduation season is a time of celebrating accomplishments and extending best wishes for life’s next chapter, but it can also be a time of stress when juggling party planning and gift decisions.

— Kim Maxwell Vu, Star Tribune

How to survive graduation season

What you need to know about parties, gifts and planning.

Here's what July's commission changes mean for Minnesota homebuyers, sellers and agents

After the recent National Association of Realtors settlement about commissions, many buyers, sellers and their agents are left wondering what this means for their bank accounts amid the busiest real estate market in recent memory.

— Kim Maxwell Vu, Star Tribune

The National Association of Realtors' settlement, reached in March, is most likely to affect those looking to purchase a home.

Self employed? Here's how to avoid going broke when all your money is reinvested in the business

Yasameen Sajady, left, Fatimah Sajady and Sheilla Sajady of Maazah.

— Quincy Street Kitchen

From better money management to getting a second job, entrepreneurs share what they do when the business comes first.

How to save money at the pharmacy counter

In this July 10, 2018, file photo, bottles of medicine ride on a belt at a mail-in pharmacy warehouse in Florence, N.J.

— Associated Press, Star Tribune

Health insurance benefits are the first tool, but shopping around, paying cash and accessing coupons are strategies to consider, as well.

Homeownership could cost you under $100,000 if you consider a manufactured home

Real estate agents Nate Campion, Tricia Anderson, and Carrie Gibbs with Century 21 Moline Realty stand for a portrait outside a manufactured home Campion recently sold Tuesday, April 2, 2024 at Pine Village in Cambridge, Minn. New, proposed rules from the federal government would make buying a manufactured much...

— Anthony Souffle, Star Tribune

Formerly called mobile homes, these types of dwellings could be a good bet for prospective buyers struggling with record home prices and rising rents.

Farm out your groceries this summer with a CSA subscription

Community supported agriculture, or CSA, is a way to receive fresh produce straight from a local farm.

— Kim Maxwell Vu, Star Tribune

Community supported agriculture offers big-time nutrition and local produce, as long as you're willing to cook — and eat — whatever your farmer provides.

Women's salaries are lower, and their expenses are higher. Here's how to push back

Women pay more for everyday items they need, from period products to razors and shampoos.

— Kim Maxwell Vu illustration, Star Tribune

Death might be inevitable, but the pink tax doesn't have to be.

With the Better FAFSA still in limbo, here's what to do as college decisions loom

Minnesota colleges are trying to figure out what to do with their decision deadlines after FAFSA delays made it harder to send financial aid offers.

— Kim Maxwell Vu, Star Tribune

Delays and glitches with the simplified Free Application for Federal Student Aid has addled many students and their families.

Making six figures by age 21 is a possibility for tradespeople. Here's how to break into the construction field.

Big state and federal infrastructure investments as well as the warmer winter weather have continued to drive a hiring push.

— Kim Maxwell Vu, Star Tribune

With many contractors saying they can't hire enough workers, establishing a career in carpentry, masonry, heating and the like can be lucrative work.

Finding a nanny can be time consuming. Here are three ways to find the right caregiver

Nanny Faith Black-Tschida (middle) played with Caleb, 3, Ella, 7, and Alice, 5 at their home in Edina on a recent day. Their mother, Sarah Wilson, found and hired Black-Tschida through a popular Facebook group that helps connect families with nannies.

— Carlos Gonzalez, Star Tribune

From nanny agencies to a Facebook group, some options for finding a caregiver require more financial investment and others more time and effort.

Have an idea for an invention but no formal training? Here's how to do it

DeLonn Crosby, inventor of the ToyBot, spoke into the plush robot’s chest as his family helped assemble and box the various toys at their working space at WeWork in downtown Minneapolis in January. The ToyBot is a new SayKid product that combines Amazon Echo voice technology with analog learning tools, aimed at...

— Angelina Katsanis

Minnesota entrepreneurs share ways they turned an idea into a physical, commercial product.