Relax...But Don't Let Yourself Go!

Would you like to relax, let everything go, and just be a couch potato for awhile? You might save money on laundry detergent, gym dues and hair gel. But researchers say it'll cost you big bucks in the long run. Here's the cost of not looking your best, from the experts at Rodale Publications:

  • First, you'll have to pay extra for big ticket items. Salesclerks, car dealers and loan officers are more willing to make deals with nicely dressed people than rumpled and unshaven folks. Total cost? About $1,600 annually.
  • Then, if you decide to go "mountain man," you can forget about that promotion. Appearance and hygiene are the two top qualities employers consider when it comes to promotions and pink slips. In fact, one study found that overweight men are 3,610 percent more likely to be passed over when a corner office comes available. Total lost revenue for the year? $2,300.
  • Another reason letting yourself go wastes money is. You may have to see a dentist for deep gum work, and ask your doctor for anti-depressants. Why? People with poor oral health are more likely to need dental work, and suffer from anxiety and depression. Minimum cost - $180.
  • Being a full-time couch potato could force you into marriage counseling. Research shows that guys who put on extra pounds are more likely to argue with their wives. Counseling costs? At least $3,000.

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