be penny-wise and pound-foolish

be penny-wise and pound-foolish

To be so concerned with saving money that one ignores larger problems and ultimately ends up spending more. I know you don't want to pay for this expensive course of treatment, but when ignoring your health lands you in the hospital, you'll see that you were penny-wise and pound-foolish.
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If germination is less than that, planting those leftovers would probably be penny-wise and pound-foolish.
But our current budget shortfall isn't a time to be penny-wise and pound-foolish.
On the other hand, "You shouldn't be penny-wise and pound-foolish," warns Steven Candela, matrimonial and family court practitioner of Mannarino Candela in New York City.
Don't be penny-wise and pound-foolish with something as important as an information system.
It would be penny-wise and pound-foolish to allow this vital piece of our national transportation infrastructure to wither away or be dismantled piece by piece.