be penny-wise and pound-foolish

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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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It is penny-wise and pound-foolish to use any potting mix other than the best.
But this is penny-wise and pound-foolish, costing millions in potential savings and wasting energy.
However, any proposal built on replacing the corner pharmacy with the post office is penny-wise and pound-foolish.