A grandad from Birmingham has shared his secrets on how he cooks for himself and his three grandkids for just £25 per week.
What’s more, there’s isn’t a frozen chip in sight as all of the meals are healthy and homemade.
Deit Deitreich-Briggs takes care of Lacey, Indie and Zayn five to six days a week, and loves every minute of it.
Like many grandparents, he helps out with childcare while his two daughters go to work.
A normal day includes whipping up homemade oat pancakes for breakfast, a 10-minute homework session before school, making their packed lunches, the school drop off, picking them up after school and cooking their dinner, Birmingham Live reports.
“I love having a close bond with my grandchildren and wouldn’t want it any other way,” said Deit, 70, a retired retail manager.
“I’m proud of my daughters and their careers, and glad I can help them to have the lifestyles they need to be able to work and have children.
“I enjoy making all our food from scratch, ensuring it’s healthy and balanced, and teaching the children to cook too.”
Running to a tight budget on his pension, Deit manages to feed the four of them for just £25 a week, serving up delicious homemade fish and chips, pizza and mini toad in the holes. At the weekend, the kids often like to help their grandad bake chocolate and vanilla cakes for them to eat during the week.
Deit is a widower, so he looks after the kids on his own. After giving them their dinner at 4pm, he then takes then football, swimming and the gym before their parents come to collect them. Then goes to work himself as a yoga teacher.
His daughter Amii Deitreich-Worthington, 39 and a corporate travel consultant, is mum to Lacey, eight, and Zayn, six, and lives just down the road in Erdington. She said: “My and my husband wouldn’t be able to both work full time without Dad, he takes the pressure off us.
“It’s nice that the children have that special time with their grandad. When I was younger, I used to spend a lot of time with my nan. It’s great to have a different role model in your life who brings different ideas on how to do things.”
“The children learn a lot from their grandad,” added Amii, whose husband Ross works as a shift manager.
“He has more time than we do and helps them with their homework. It’s such a big pressure having to get homework done and trying to get to after school clubs when you’re working full time.
“It’s great that he makes sure they eat healthily too. We totally trust him to make the right decisions. When the kids are in his care, it’s his rules and what he wants to teach them.”
Grandad ‘s Diary
Breakfast: Cereal or porridge* or pancakes* cold breakfast is always accompanied by milk, Greek style yogurt, berries and or banana and honey plus juice. The hot food is served with berries and or banana with honey. We do 10 minutes homework then go to Oasis Academy School Short Heath.
Lunch: Packed lunch for Lacey – sandwich on brown bread a small yogurt or biscuit a baby bell cheese plus a flavoured water – the other two have school dinners. In school holidays, we make lunch together.
Dinner: Different daily, here’s an example:
Monday – Ham* and cheese toasted flatbreads with salad and a cake* or biscuit plus cordial drink and a snack of brioche and a drink to take to swimming with Zita.
Tuesday – Chicken and veg pasta* with French bread and cake* or biscuit plus juice.
Wednesday – Mini toad in the hole steak pie* or chicken pie*, mash, mixed veg and gravy plus a cake* or biscuit and juice.
Thursday – Pizza* and salad and a snack to take to football which is usually a pain au chocolat* and a drink. Indie goes to gymnastics with his mum and home for dinner.
Friday – Chicken nuggets* or battered fish * and chips* followed by cake* or pancake*or biscuit plus a snack of brioche and drinks to take to gymnastics.
Saturday – usually just breakfast and a snack for lunch.
* Asterisked items they are homemade from scratch. The children then go home and have some cookies and milk before they go to bed.
Total cost: Around £25 a week, which works out to approximately £6.25 each (Deit’s daughters contribute £20 per month each to help cover food bills)
“We have an extremely good breakfast every day and then they go off to school laughing and happy,” said Deit, “they are doing well and are happy, they’ve got that stability.”