If you are still buying fishing tackle from your local store then you are wasting a lot of money. I used to buy my tackle from there, until I found that you can buy the same items online for a fraction of the price.
It really is ludicrous, but all you are doing is taking out the middle man. You are no longer paying inflated prices to cover the businesses expenses. Instead, you are buying items from someone who sits at home and sells them online. As a result you don't have to pay as much, and you get good, cheap tackle.
Of course, it's more than easy enough to purchase gear that isn't any good. A lot of the poor quality fishing items are sold online and because they are incredibly cheap they get snapped up. I would highly recommend you take the time to look at the user's reputation for previous sales. You will soon have a good idea when people are saying that the tackle that is being sold has been used multiple times without any issues.
Once you have found a few reliable sellers and tested out their gear first hand you shouldn't have any issues buying from them again and again. I have purchased a few full set ups including rods, reels and fishing line for under 25 dollars with postage on top.
If you haven't tried buying fishing tackle online then look at eBay, Amazon and other fishing online stores. You will find that eBay is always the cheapest, but not always the best quality items. If you learn to bid at the last few seconds then you will always win as well as paying considerably less for the item than if you had bid earlier.