penny wise and pound foolish

penny wise and pound foolish (not comparable)

  1. (idiomatic) Prudent and thrifty with small amounts of money, but wasteful and profligate with large amounts.
  • Russian: эконо́мный в мелоча́х и расточи́тельный в кру́пном
  • Spanish: ahorra en el chocolate del loro, el dinero del avaro, dos veces va al mercado (proverb, dated), el dinero del pobre dos veces se gasta

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