Cardboard Arcade

April 20, 2012

The last few weeks have been a whirlwind. I went to Vegas, somehow lost my laptop charger, and successfully launched a new non-profit brand. Needless to say lack of a powered laptop left the blog a bit barren. I have been in a slightly emotional mood recently, and have across some gems on the interwebs that essentionally break your heart.

I am a huge supporter of entrepreneurship, and I wholeheartedly believe in the instilling that spirit in children from an early age. Yes, the world can always use more doctors, or engineers, but we need entrepreneurs to start businesses that employ them. So needless to say, it warms my heart when I see children being hustlers and finding ways to make money (legally) early on. This tangent leads to the following video. I hope you’ve all seen it, but if you haven’t you are in for a treat.


One of the things that you may not know about me is that I am a sap. There is an old saying in our parents home that says that I am the perfect target for advertisers. I buy into everything. In fact, I like listening to the commercials on the radio. I laugh, cry, and sometimes answer the questions that might ask. This past week, my lovely brother found  commercial for life insurance and dared me to watch it without crying. I fail.

Can you do better?

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  • Jai Catalano April 20, 2012 at 11:12 am

    I am so upset at you… I am now crying like a 13 year old girl at 7am. 🙂

    If she would have died…

    • Marissa April 20, 2012 at 5:54 pm

      I think the dad dies.

  • Well Heeled Blog April 20, 2012 at 2:21 pm

    Okay… tear. The dad didn’t die, did he? That would ruin the entire commercial for me.

    • Marissa April 20, 2012 at 5:54 pm

      I think he did. Thats why its a life insurance commercial. I was bawling like a baby.

  • Modest Money April 20, 2012 at 7:34 pm

    Well I just watched the Cain’s arcade video and it was very heart warming. After the comments about the other one though, I think I’m going to have to skip it. It just sounds too sad. The cardboard arcade story is great though.

    • Marissa April 20, 2012 at 9:16 pm

      Smart man. My brother started crying after watching it, and he doesn’t cry.

  • Miss T @ Prairie Eco-Thrifter April 20, 2012 at 8:03 pm

    I too am a sap and proud to be. I have no reservations about crying at things that touch me. These videos, OMG, tear jerker. I personally can’t stand life insurance companies. They don’t care about who dies or lives at all, just the bottom line.

    • Marissa April 20, 2012 at 8:41 pm

      I dislike life insurance companies as wel, and am choosing to ignore that part.

  • SB @ One Cent At A Time April 21, 2012 at 1:23 am

    wow awesome advertisement. so want to cry. I am going to call my father now

    • Marissa April 21, 2012 at 2:38 am

      I called my dad, too.

  • femmefrugality April 21, 2012 at 2:32 am

    Caine is awesome! I hope he goes places! I may have teared up a bit…

    • Marissa April 21, 2012 at 2:39 am

      I have high hopes for that kid. I am glad to see that they collected enough money for his college education already.

  • Untemplater April 21, 2012 at 3:29 am

    Both are amazing videos. I’d seen the second one before and I couldn’t believe it was a commercial! Total tear jerker, very touching.

  • William Wei April 21, 2012 at 3:59 am

    What I wouldnt give to learn how you got your design to be so amazing! I mean it. Besides the blog just being awesome this page is too sweet! Its not too flashy. It doesnt do too much with colours and things and the videos you use are perfect for this topic! Really awesome blog.

  • MyMoneyDesign April 21, 2012 at 4:05 am

    The kid the first video was such a hustler! There’s no way you wouldn’t just go with the $2 option 🙂

    As for the second video, what is up?? That was a life insurance commercial? We’ve got Snoopy and Woodstock with Met Life, and they’ve got Good Morning Vietnam for a commercial?

    • Marissa April 21, 2012 at 6:18 am

      I think the day dies in the end….. Its super sad.

  • Cait April 21, 2012 at 3:11 pm

    Are suicide rates so high in Thailand that they can actually make commercials like that? I can’t imagine something similar being made in North America… intense.

  • Sean @ One Smart Dollar April 22, 2012 at 3:24 pm

    I really should have waiting for a better time to watch that video. Now my morning is shot.

    • Marissa April 22, 2012 at 9:09 pm

      Aww, I’m sorry.

  • Belinda Ramirez May 21, 2012 at 2:31 pm

    The second video gripped my heart! How could they make a commercial like that? Agh…

    As for your love for entrepreneurship, I support that cause too. The problem we have now is that only about 15 states are offering finance related courses in high school. This means the best thing that we can do is to financially educate our children early at home.

    Overall thank for this great post.

    Best regards,