Installing tile is actually pretty easy and inexpensive. Go to the library, your big box store (like Home Depot or Lowes) or Amazon on-line used books and get a book on tile. It will show you the basic steps for deciding the layout, gluing the tile and grouting it. YouTube has DIY videos as well such as:
One you do the first project you will realize that you can do whole floors and walls. And once it is done it is low maintenance and looks so much nicer than cheaper alternatives.