For instance -
- Bring a cloth bag. The last time I was there (April 2008), I was surprised (pleasantly so) that there were no longer plastic bags at the check out.
- Be ready to bag! You may be used to a bagger at your local grocery store, but if you stand by the cashier, lost in thoughts, you'll have to play catch-up as soon as you pay. Your stuff is waiting to be bagged by you. And now, here comes la veille-Madame-behind you's stuff too - yikes!
- Get ready for a dairy isle like you've never seen one. They have dairy products of every thinkable and unthinkable description. And I haven't even gotten to the cheese. Although I have a dairy allergy, I can't resist the dairy products in France. I don't think they worry about sat fat there. I don't blame them.
- The Monoprix (and other chains) are less expensive in the suburbs and outer parts of Paris than in the chic center.