busybarbee, I accidentally squashed your thread about phone expenses along with obinstitute's response. Sorry about that!
What I was trying to do was move a copy of another response that talked about VOIP that fit nicely as another option along with obinstitute's suggestion to check your local phone company for bulk phone rates. (I think - correct me if I have that wrong)
Anyway, the other post I was trying to move to the thread was one made by polarmate that talked about her use of Vonage
and how much she liked it.
Some other VOIP (voice over Internet protocol) providers that may help in saving some money: