Team Frugal: Matt Pare

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.

For every professional athlete that makes millions of dollars there are professional athlete working their tail off trying to break into the rotation. On the surface you see athletes like Mike Trout and Bryce Harper sign for boatloads of money but you don’t see the minor league player struggling to make ends meet. From the outside looking in, people assume that because you are a professional athlete you don’t have the same financial struggles that common folks have. One example of a sport to showcase is the discrepancy across various professional athletes would be baseball. Minor League baseball players can get paid as low as 10,000 dollars per season compared to Major League baseball players which is upwards of 500,000 dollars.

Matt Pare was a professional baseball player in the San Francisco organization who played for their minor league affiliates. He was a player that dealt with some of the troubles that minor league baseball players face. However, Matt Pare took control of his circumstances with a positive mindset and combination of minimalism and creativity. He even states in an interview with FTW, “If I can’t fit everything that I own in my car, then I probably need to get rid of some stuff” in reference to his minimalist approach. The “Homeless Minor Leaguer” as his Youtube channel suggests how Matt Pare created a life suitable to his liking through humor and adventurous fun.

Pare understood the benefits that playing professional sports offered him. One of them being developing connections through a vast network whether for his Youtube channel or opportunities off the field. He currently does some work with Uninterrupted as a podcast creator for new channel Film Study. His Youtube channel is still active and has garnered over 60,000 total views across his videos.

Of course as athletes we all want to make it to the big leagues. However it’s important to understand that no matter what league or level you are playing at, the fact you have made it to become a professional athlete is an accomplishment in itself. Pare was able to show gratitude for his situation and use it to his advantage where others would take a woe is me approach. Not only did he do that but he understood his situation and stayed in his lane, didn’t try to compete or prove to folks he was a big spender. He admittedly minimized and budgeted accordingly.