As smart as that may sound its actually not a very smart process to be doing.i always buy the longer filter that fits Nissan trucks etc for more filtration, has same size base. i think a few people here use that trick
Running the wrong Oil filter means your oil pressure is different, which can lead to lots of problems in the long run.
Oil filters are NOT the same, just like oils. You can't just stick any old filter on your car because it fits, each filter is designed to fit your specific vehicle for a reason.
One extremely important thing you may be missing without realizing it could be that the filter you're using doesn't have an anti-drainback valve in it, which could be devastating for your engine.
Always use the filter specific to your vehicle, Nissan/Renault didn't spend millions of dollars invested in designing your motor to fit any old filter