Köyhällä ei ole varaa halpaan.
Traditional Finnish proverb
Bitter social commentary and consumer advice rolled into one.
Let's say a poor family has to choose between buying a 3000 mark
washing machine and a model that costs 5000. They can't afford to
buy the more expensive model, but if they buy the cheap one, it will
wreck their clothes and break in six months, leaving them in the same
situation as before but 3000 marks (plus damaged clothes) poorer.
Either way, they're fucked. See Catch-22 and You always lose.