Team Frugal: Arrelious Benn

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.

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Arrelious Benn is a current NFL veteran and marquee example of what it means to be a frugal athlete. Benn is the founder of PhoneHome, a financial scholars program partnered with EverFi to provide financial literacy training and understanding to individuals in the Washington Dc area. Benn is using his platform to create positive impact within his community.

Throughout Benn’s 9 year NFL career he has suffered unfortunate injuries that have kept him on the sidelines at importune times. Instead of sulking, he used his extended recovery time to figure out different ways to leverage his platform and find other passions. Ultimately finding his calling to combat a need not only athletes face but a majority of people in the lack of financial literacy led him to create PhoneHome. Sometimes rejection is just positive redirection. In Arrelious Benn’s case, he was able to develop PhoneHome and partner with an established company in EVERFi to help grow his company. That’s an important business lesson, leveraging your relationships and partnering with established companies in your related industry can help you grow and scale your own company. Benn is able to reach more people and create a larger impact because he understands the concept of team.