Part of it is because I just don't trust babysitters. Part of it is because I don't like to ask for help or be a burden on others. And part of it is because I'm "cheap." I know what you're thinking - "nah.... you're not cheap...lol," but it is a factor.
Right now the JuiceBoxJungle widget in my sidebar (huge green box to the right...you can't miss it) is running a poll to see how often we mom's get out on dates. The stats I've seen so far do not look good! I read a lot (okay ALOT) and every book I read suggests keeping a weekly date night. I usually gloss over that section knowing it won't happen.
Inside the widget you'll be able to find hot deals from Restaurants.com to help if you want to go out to eat. Surely we're savvy enough to find some good deals for dates, but the babysitter issue is always going to be a struggle.
Maybe I'm just too controlling and as they're getting older, it's probably time to let go a little. I did hire a babysitter when I went to the DealPro event. I hired one of my neighbor's summer nannies (sounds rough, right?) I hired her because I saw her at the park, pool, and out playing with kids all summer. She seemed great, and she was. She made crafts and bracelets with my daughter all day and built inventions with my son. She made them all sorts of cheese and marshmallow treats. She was great. But....she wore shoes in the house. She's fired.