Owning a home is the American dream. But these days, thanks to a sagging economy, it's a difficult dream to realize. Between the down payment, closing costs, maintenance and monthly mortgage payments, it's a hefty financial undertaking.

We found six people who managed to work around those obstacles by purchasing tiny homes. Small houses mean small bills, right? Moreover, tiny homes ensure a small eco footprint. Thumbs up all around.

Check out our roundup of tiny homes and the stories behind them:

1. Johnny Sanphillippo's Tiny Home
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Photo Credit: Johnny Sanphillippo

2. Andrew And Crystal Odom's Tiny Home
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Photo Credit: Tiny rEvolution

3. Macy Miller's Tiny Home
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Photo Credit: Macy Miller

4. Carrie And Shane Caverly's Tiny Home
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Photo Credit: Clothesline Tiny Homes

5. April Anson's Tiny Home
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Photo Credit: April Anson

6. Toronto's Tiny Town
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Photo Credit: Rick Madonik/Toronto Star

For more on tiny homes, be sure to flip through our slideshow of the tiniest tiny homes we've seen yet.

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  • Odoms' 248-Square-Foot Tiny Home

    <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/12/28/house-tour-andrew-crystal-odom_n_2376416.html?utm_hp_ref=tiny-homes#slide=1929488" target="_blank">Andrew And Crystal Odom</a>'s 248-square-foot space also houses their baby daughter.

  • 300-Square-Foot Apartments In New York

    If you weren't already in the loop, Mayor Michael Bloomberg is building <a href="http://www.nbcnewyork.com/news/local/Tiny-Apartment-New-York-City-Micro-Unit-Bloomberg-Manhattan-Cost-187887961.html" target="_blank">300-square-foot apartments in New York City</a>. And they're allegedly going for a pricy $2,000 each.

  • 224-Square-Foot Tiny Yellowstone Cabin

    This authentic, 224-square-foot Yellowstone cabin may have been a place where <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/02/15/yellowstone-cabin-tiny-home_n_2695555.html?utm_hp_ref=tiny-homes" target="_blank">President John F. Kennedy once hung out</a>.

  • 198-Square-Foot Tiny Home In Portland

    According to the <a href="http://tinyhouseblog.com/stick-built/tiny-house-in-portland/" target="_hplink">Tiny House Blog</a>, this 9 foot by 22 foot home was made from an old greenhouse foundation.

  • Macy Miller's 196-Square-Foot Tiny Home

    <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/01/31/macy-miller-tiny-home_n_2590835.html?utm_hp_ref=tiny-homes#slide=2050286" target="_blank">Macy Miller</a>'s 196-square-foot abode is really her dream come true.

  • Elizabeth Turnbull's 144-Square-Foot Tiny Home

    When Elizabeth Turnbull got accepted to Yale's School of Forestry and Environmental Studies as a graduate student, she, like any other student, thought about where she would live. But unlike any other student, she decided to build her own 144 square foot home.

  • Tacks' 140-Square-Foot Tiny Home

    <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/01/07/chris-malissa-tack-tiny-home_n_2422393.html?utm_hp_ref=tiny-homes" target="_blank">Chris and Malissa Tack</a> say they would be willing to live in their 140-square-foot home "indefinitely."

  • 130-Square-Foot Tiny Apartment In Paris

    A small Paris apartment has been the object of many a real estate fantasy thanks to the iconic Audrey Hepburn film, "Sabrina." Marc Baillargeon and Julie Nabucet designed an <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/04/10/small-paris-apartment-photos_n_3054908.html" target="_blank">apartment in Paris that measures a tidy 130 square feet</a>. Do you think this home is <em>too</em> tiny?

  • 128-Square-Foot Tiny Home In Arkansas

    The compact, <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/03/27/tiny-home-23k-dover-arkansas_n_2963780.html?utm_hp_ref=tiny-homes" target="_blank">128-square-foot house</a> hit the market for an asking price of $23,000.

  • 100-Square-Foot Tiny Home In Vermont

    Peter King decided to build tiny homes because he was sick of being a slave to debt and mortgages, and wanted to indulge in life's small, 10 by 10 foot pleasures.

  • Jay Shafer's 96-Square-Foot Tiny Home

    Jay Shafer's home, "Tumbleweed", is a mere 96 square feet. "I don't like to think that I'm spewing a bunch of extra greenhouse gasses into the environment or consuming a lot of non-renewable resources just for the sake of wasted space," Shafer said.

  • Dee Williams' 84-Square-Foot Tiny Home

    Dee Williams decided to downsize from a 1,500 square foot home to a 84 square foot home after a trip to Guatemala. She built her current home, "The Little House," herself for about $10,000. With a propane tank for heat and electricity coming from solar panels, Williams cost of living runs extremely low.

  • 60-Square-Foot Tiny Home In United Kingdom

    This 60-square-foot tiny home is apparently the country's smallest house ever. It's also known as the <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Smallest_House_in_Great_Britain" target="_blank">Quay house</a>.

  • 46-Square-Foot Tiny Home In Poland

    You'll never believe how <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/10/19/narrow-house-opening-as-a_0_n_1987050.html#slide=1665867" target="_blank">slim this home in Poland is</a>.

  • Derek Diedricksen's 32-Square-Foot Tiny Home

    Just recently did <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/03/06/derek-dierdricken-tiny-home_n_2813697.html?utm_hp_ref=tiny-homes" target="_blank">Derek Diedricksen</a> put the 32-square-foot tiny home up for sale -- for a mere $1,200.

  • 11 Square Feet - Germany

    This German architects claims his 11 square foot structure is the tiniest home yet. Do you agree?

  • Drina River Tiny Home In Serbia

    Though we're not sure of it's exact size, this <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/03/11/tiny-home-drina-river-serbia_n_2854502.html?utm_hp_ref=tiny-homes" target="_blank">small structure</a> has survived the unpredictable Serbian weather and has become a hot spot for tourists lucky enough to take a dip

  • Woodland Home

    Simon Saville's home looks like it came straight out of the Shire. The <a href="http://www.simondale.net/house/index.htm" target="_hplink">Woodland Home</a> in Wales has a compost toilet and a fridge that is cooled by air coming from foundations underground, just a couple of the many eco-friendly attributes of this home.

  • Twelve Cubed Tiny Home

    Designer James Stuart's company <a href="http://www.twelve3.ca/about_us.html" target="_hplink">Twelve3</a> makes 10 and 12 cubic meter homes that anyone can purchase. According to their Web site, their goal was "to produce the least amount of waste possible, and house two people in as small a space as would be practical and comfortable."

  • Tiny Trailer

    <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/04/02/tiny-trailer-bicycle-home_n_3001878.html?utm_hp_ref=tiny-homes" target="_blank">The mobile space</a>, which can't be more than thirty square feet, has just enough room for a tiny kitchenette with a built-in bench, a sleeping loft and various drawers and shelves tucked into its nooks and crannies.

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