Insider's Guide

Westchester Magazine has been dishing about the county for more than a decade now, so we know more than our share of insider secrets about how to best navigate the dining, shopping, and overall living-in-the-county scene. So here we tell you how to nab a table when no one else can, dine at the finest restaurants at a fraction of the cost, score tickets for sold-out concerts, get your hair cut and colored (for free), find the easiest DMV for road tests, and much more.


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Gas Up and Heat Up for Less to the rescue with up-to-the-minute prices on gas and oil around the county, searchable by price or zip code.

Get Fido Bargain Drugs and Treatments

At the SPCA of Westchester (590 N State Rd, Briarcliff Manor 914-762-4842, ext. 10), your pets’ physical exams are just $10, rabies vaccines are $20 for dogs or cats, and there are similar savings on other vaccines and tests. Spaying and neutering cats starts at $125; dogs at $225. And buy your pet meds like heartworm pills and flea and tick treatments online for more savings ( has the best prices).

Get Rid of Your Toxic Waste

Who says your county government doesn’t work for you? They sponsor household chemical-waste clean-up days where you can load up your car, van, or truck with pesticides, cleaning fluids, old computers, and broken down appliances (not to mention all those CFL light bulbs) at either Playland in Rye or Croton Park in Croton-on-Hudson. It’s like a giant garbage fair: you drive along and people in haz-mat suits at various stations take everything out of your car for you. Details at



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