There it is - the most simple, most effective anti-shopping mantra there is. It is effective because the majority of the time it is absolutely true.
"You don't need it."
Here are some bonus mantras to chant to yourself (or a persistent sales clerk) if you ever find yourself in a mall by mistake, surrounded by that "new stuff smell" and the whiff of the potential of a fleeting happiness with each purchase.
Alternate Anti-Shopping Mantras
"Contributes to global climate change."
"Will probably kill me."
"Made by child slaves."
"Produced in a sweatshop."
"Promoted by a billionaire who does not need any more money."
These will take all the fun out of buying stuff. That is, of course, the point.
Make up your own anti-shopping mantras. Share it with us in a comment below.