Since nobody else has replied, I'll take a stab at this. I use Word 2008 and I assume that you're using Word 2011 but there may be some similarities.
It's possible that you're saving to the Cloud instead of to a folder on your hard drive. See if anything in OS X Mountain Lion: Create and save documents
rings a bell. If all else fails, contact Microsoft; Apple Support won't help you with a non-Apple app.
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