Johnson City, NY (WBNG Binghamton) Ringing in the new year from the comforts of home is a growing trend this year, according to a CBS News poll.
More than half of people in the U.S. have chosen to watch the ball drop from their own couch this year. Partiers said staying in for New Years Eve is cheaper, safer, and more fun.
"Keep it simple, I mean why drink and drive, why worry about stuff like that?" said Treci Rigerman of Greene. "It's easier to stay home with your friends."
The trend has business booming for some local food and liquor stores.
"Business has been increasing really the last three or four years," said Mark Darpino, Owner of Vestal Wine and Liquor. "I think more people are coming in, buying their stuff and staying home."
"A lot of people are entertaining rather than going out," said Kim Young, Manager of Weis in Johnson City. "We're even seeing an early pattern of people coming in and buying things for new year resolutions."
The tradition of making new year resolutions is also becoming less popular, however. The same CBS News poll said nearly 70 percent of Americans won't be making any for 2014.