Penny wise

wise or prudent only in small matters; saving small sums while losing larger; penny-wise; - used chiefly in the phrase, penny wise and pound foolish.

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One added: "It's being penny wise and pound foolish.
The old saying describes this council very well: Penny wise, pound foolish.
A case, in my opinion, of penny wise and pound foolish.
He said: "The usage of the sovereign grant has at times been penny wise, pound foolish.
If you are penny wise and pound foolish" you'll soon be in the red.
This proposed reduction of staff is another case of people who are remote from the coal face suggesting something penny wise and pound foolish, as well as putting people in real danger.
Summary: Julian Assange -- Penny wise, pound foolish?
Two members of the Leeds groundsman's maintenance staff have been re-employed, and Bates added: "We simply cannot afford to let the stadium deteriorate, otherwise it is penny wise, pound foolish.
Don't be penny wise and pound foolish: employ more cleaners and do justice to the hospitals.
You can be penny wise and pound foolish by trying to get through the analysis stage on the cheap," he says.
Many firms are penny wise and pound foolish not to employ adequate support staff who can take messages and find out what people really need.
Penny Wise Office Products and The Florida Bar Member Benefits Committee have announced a special, members-only discount program where new customers receive $30 off their first purchase of $100 or more.