Outdoor GFCI outlet on laundry room circuit
I'm wiring my laundry room, and my wiring plan has 6 outlet receptacles on it (washer and dryer are both on different, dedicated circuits). I have an outdoor outlet that would fit very well into the number 4 position in the wiring scheme. Since all of my outlets in there will be GFIed off the first outlet, is it okay to incorporate an outside receptacle in that circuit? I've heard some people say that an outside GFCI should be on its own circuit, but heck, that eats up one whole slot in my sub panel just for one little ol' outlet.
Oh, and as an aside, I just about gagged when I found out I had to take back my little regular 20 amp breaker ($6.00 or $7.00) and get a 20 amp AFCI for my new family room ($35.00) per NEC 2008. I may even need two of those expensive bad boys, since I like running my lights and receptacles on their own circuits (9 lights and 12 outlets -- figure that's just too many for one circuit, and I'm a firm believer in overkill). Geez Louise.
Anyhow, thanks for any help.