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My favourite Chengyu: 望梅止渴Wàngméizhǐkě

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望梅止渴, hope to clench your thirst by thinking of plums

Like, I had a Chinese colleague who used this. He'd joke he'd be so poor he'd open Baidu on his laptop, look at expensive food while eating 5 RMB instant noodles. Then he said "望梅止渴Wàngméizhǐkě"

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