No electric mixer- what should I do?

United States
@gr8esama (1257)
March 7, 2007 2:31pm CST
A few months ago I was making a batch of chocolate chip cookies, when suddenly my handy hand mixer went poof. Literally. There was a 'poof' sound, and then a little spark came flying out of the vent. Since then I haven't gotten a new hand mixer and I've been arduously mixing things with a wooden panel spoon. Is there any better way to mix things well without using a hand mixer? I've been using the wooden spoon because it was suggested by my father's girlfriend, but I can't help but feel that there -must- be a better way to thoroughly mix my doughs. Does anyone have any suggestions for mixing methods or tools? I'd like to get one of those fancy kitchen aids, but we can't really swing the three hundred dollars.