How the 7 Deadly Sins Can Send Your Finances 'South'

Of the Seven Deadly Sins, greed is naturally the one that is most often connected in our minds to money mishaps. Gluttony makes us imagine overdoing it at an all-you-can-eat buffet. And sloth triggers feelings of guilt about the lawn that never gets mowed.

However, each of the seven cardinal sins -- lust, gluttony, greed, sloth, wrath, envy and pride -- can have toxic financial effects on your bottom line. Of course, none of us is without sin. But it's worthwhile to pay attention to how you're dealing with your financial matters and to try to avoid the seven deadly sins. Less sinning can lead to a much more comfortable financial life, now and later.

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Selena Maranjian is a longtime Motley Fool contributor. You can follow her on Twitter @SelenaMaranjian.