They can afford it.
My skin crawls whenever people say this about other people. This is a pet peeve. I think it is the height of rudeness because,
HOW THE HELL DO YOU KNOW WHAT SOMEONE ELSE CAN AFFORD??????
Maybe it is known that the person/family in question has a sizable paycheck or trust fund. That does not mean that you know a hill of beans about their financial position.
You can never know what someone else can or cannot afford. Never propose to.
Russell sent me a HUGE document to fill out so that he could get a picture of our financial position. It was 10 pages long! He wanted to know about family size, salaries, investments, age, health, inheritance, and even the financial and biological health of our parents! He wanted to know if we smoke, drink, exercise, travel, or have any expensive vices.
It takes A LOT to know the financial picture of someone that is not your spouse. So please don’t ever presume that you do. Never say someone else can afford something. It implies jealousy on your part and jealousy does not serve us. In fact, jealousy holds you back from your own goals, and possibly your own financial goals.
Let us be empowered Chief Home Officers and not busybody ones. Eyes on your own spreadsheets, CHOs. Eyes off those of other people!