Not very often. Lately we have been trying to save money for our trip, so we haven't really gone out much. On a regular month, maybe once? My mom always watches DD for free so it's great. If I had to pay someone I'd probably never get out. I'm so cheap.
There is a group of families at our church that have organized a once a month deal where we can drop off the kids and go out. The parents take turns providing childcare for each other so once in the fall and once in the spring we have to stay with the kids but it's mostly free...just $3 per kid for pizza. If we didn't have that group we would probably go out like twice a year. We do also have a family across the street who have a 13 yr old and she has stayed with the boys once before. I'm just so bad at planning ahead so I just don't do a good job of setting that time aside for us so the church group makes it easy b/c the dates are set and we just drop off the kids.
I do think it's really important to make some time away from kids but I'm lazy about implementing.
Once a year. Our birthdays and anniversary all fall in a two week span and the inlaws feel obligated to take them for a night. Otherwise, I've been told that since I refuse to put the kids in school and get a "real job" I don't deserve help in the form of their babysitting services. I try very hard to only leave my kids with family so the end result is that we don't get out much.
Date night??? What's that?
We really should, but it is very, very rare. We had one for our anniversary on saturday. If we do others it is usually with people and not solo. We need to go back to having a night a week, even if it is just dinner after DS goes to bed and a movie. I really need to make it a priority?
Maybe once a month, or once every two months. We have to pay for sitters, and we need sitters for other occasions (like DH was busy volunteering this weekend and I had choir concerts, so we had to get a sitter) so date night isn't the priority.
Honestly though DH and I prefer to just wait til the kids are in bed, then watch something and eat some snacks together.
We go out by ourselves, like once a NEVER...lol, really like maybe once or twice a year. Even though I have a giant family of built in babysitters, I don't like asking other people to watch him, I feel like if something big were to happen then I am saving up my babysitting time for it.