Incorrect amount of available HD space displayed

This problem has been happening recently, and I'm not sure what to do about it. Over time, as I have my computer running it will show (on the info displayed at the bottom of every finder window) less and less memory available in my hard drive. Even if I'm not downloading anything or creating any new files or etc. It gets to the point where my computer warns me that my disk is almost full. So then I'll restart my computer, and the total amount of space will go back up to normal.
Anybody know why this is happening?
Thanks

Bill --
1. Download the app "WhatSize" and it will tell you the files that are taking up the most space. Click below for more info:
http://www.versiontracker.com/dyn/moreinfo/macosx/21149
2. Also, you can open & view the application Activity Monitor while you're running. (HD>Applications>Utilities>Activity Monitor)
Select "All processes". It will show you percentage of usage.
Let us know what you find out, OK?

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