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Do's and don'ts in first ladies' frugal fashion

This undated painting by Schapel shows Abraham Lincoln with his wife, Mary Todd Lincoln, and their two sons, Robert Todd and Thomas Lincoln. The location is not known. Living in the White House has its perks, but a clothing allowance is not one of them. First ladies feel all sorts of pressure to project a fashionable look, and over the decades they’ve tried a range of cash-saving strategies to pull it off without going broke. Mrs. Lincoln considered selling manure from the White House grounds to pay the bills that she ran up for clothes and household items. (AP Photo)WASHINGTON (AP) — Sure, living in the White House has its perks. But a clothing allowance is not one of them.

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