Penny wise and dollar foolish is a way my mother might describe someone who pinches their pennies yet wastes many dollars. There are many examples of this in our culture. How many of you knew someone last summer when gas prices were over $4.00 per gallon would drive out of their way to save 1 or 2 cents per gallon? They probably spent $2.00 in gas to save 50 cents for their fill up.
I have to admit, that I paid close attention to gas prices and would plan my errands around where the cheaper gas was. I did not make special trip, but would top off my tank if I passed a station with lower priced gas.