Team Frugal: Nneka Ogwumike

Being frugal is about more than being stingy with your money. It means being prudent, smart and economical with your finances and career decisions. Every Tuesday, we share profiles of athletes that exemplify what it means to be A Frugal Athlete.

Nneka Ogwumike is a great example of an athlete who has been proactive regardless of the circumstances that have been placed upon her. As a female professional basketball player, the wage gap is still an issue that needs to evolve but Nneka hasn’t let that get in the way of creating multiple platforms to build on and make income.

Nneka juggles being a professional WNBA player, studio analyst, player’s association president, and ambassador. She makes up for income by playing overseas in the offseason. Nneka has done a great job by balancing her responsibilities and taking advantage of her network to learn from people in different sectors she is excited to get into. Whether it’s through her Stanford connections or WNBA or brand partnerships, she makes a habit of doing informational interviews to help her learn the tricks of the trade.


Some of the frugal things she has done include not buying a car, not paying for other people at dinner, and maxing out her 401k. Nneka is the epitome of A Frugal Athlete and a great example for other athletes to take note of.