I want to have it so that when I move a sub-task to In Progress the Parent Story will automatically move to In Progress. I do not want to add the Misc Workflow Plugin though since it costs money. Is there anyway I can do this without the plugin?
Referring to your configuration request, there is already an improvement request being raised in here: https://jira.atlassian.com/browse/JRA-13012
Please feel free to vote on it to increase its popularity and add yourself as watcher in order to receive any latest updates from the developer and feedback from other user that is facing the same issue.
Besides, you may refer rambanam prasad's answer on https://answers.atlassian.com/questions/209182/change-parent-task-status-when-sub-task-status-changes which you need to deploy a custom script via script runner plugin (which is free)
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