An important Québécois usage related to shopping for food is the French equivalent of to go food shopping.
In French, this is faire son épicerie.
Je viens de faire mon épicerie.
I’ve just gone food shopping.
When you go food shopping, you push your items about in a wheeled shopping cart. This is called un panier in Québec.
The term in full is panier d’épicerie, but panier on its own is fine when it’s clear what you’re talking about.
Certain places may require you to put a coin in the cart to unlock it.
Ça prend une piasse pour débarrer le panier.
You need a loonie to unlock the cart.
If you’ve got no change, you might say:
J’ai pas d’change sur moi!
I’ve got no change on me!
Du change is often used in place of de la monnaie.
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