Our finances can be afflicted by the same seven deadly sins that affect the soul. Let any of them take over and your financial wellbeing is going to suffer.

I've been swapping notes with's blogger Tom Hartmann about how they manifest in our wallets and savings and some of the best ways to avoid letting them take control.

Pride (humility)

Humans can be overconfident. Just take driving. Around 90 per cent of us believe we are better-than-average drivers, says Hartmann. Yet only half can be. The same goes for money. Typically we overestimate our abilities. Yet we're not


Greed (charity)

Lust (chastity)

Envy (thankfulness)


Gluttony (temperance)

Wrath (patience)

Sloth (diligence)