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Tiny houses are a scaled-down version of the American Dream

With the current economic crisis, many people are looking for ways to downsize and save some extra cash.  But some people are taking that to the extreme.

How far would you go to get rid of a mortgage payment or have the freedom to walk away from your job is you wanted to?  Some Americans are unloading their possesions and learning to live small for peace of mind.

In the middle of California wine country, Bill Kastrinos is learning less is more.  His home is 98 square feet on the first level.  And Jay Shafer has about 100 square feet.  They live in tiny homes not much bigger than a child's playhouse.

They call it the trade-off for living without debt.  Shafer says thousands of people are unloading clutter and getting rid of big homes to join the small house movement.  And he says that's allowed him the freedom to walk away from a job he didn't want.

Now Shafer designs small homes for people who want a scaled-down version of the American Dream.  Those small houses run between $15,000 and $45,000, and you can park them anywhere you can park an RV.

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