I am often jealous of couples who live near a set or both or their parents and have nearby, reliable and free babysitting.
I bit the bullet and asked someone to babysit in our home so we could have a date. It's scary to leave our kids with someone else and it's going to cost more than our dinner probably but right now- it seems so worth it.
Update: We had a blast. The kids got to stay up a little later and eat things like Pillsbury cookies (on sale/coupon) and frozen pizza. Hubby and I got some valuable alone time. And now we know we have a reliable sitter that the kids like.