It’s now considered “old” technology but get an answering machine.If you still have a landline phone that is.
The phone company may tell you that voice mail is included in the package price, but check deeper and see if there isn’t a totally bare, basic package that’s much cheaper.
Our plan would add voice mail for $1.50/mo. My answering machine cost $20 a bunch of years ago and has already paid for itself but let’s pretend I just bought it now for our current phone plan. In one year, one month it would be paid for, then saving me $1.50 a month. Plus it’s way easier to push a “play” button than to punch in a bunch of password numbers to retrieve a message.